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      Rep. Sellers proposes lottery privatization

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) - State Rep. Bakari Sellers on Wednesday announced a new proposal to hire a private contractor to organize and run the South Carolina Education Lottery.

      According to a statement from his office, the move would save taxpayers money and streamline the state's government.

      "We have the opportunity here to not only save millions of dollars and create a more effective and efficient lottery, but also to leverage private sector incentives that increase lottery revenues and give more of our students a shot at a college education," said Rep. Sellers. "We're talking about a real game changer here and I'm very excited."

      Sellers' plan would allow the contract to be put up for bid by the lottery commission, a group that would retain oversight of the contractor "to ensure public transparency and accountability."

      "Our state created the lottery in order to create opportunity," said Sellers."This proposal not only creates that opportunity, but maximizes it to its full potential."

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