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The California Lottery Commission listened to sales pitches by entrepreneurs promoting everything from a megabuck multiservices contract to run the entire lottery system to a modest proposal to share in the printing of instant tickets. No action was taken on the presentations, which were made at the request of the commission in an effort to determine the type of game to be set up as California's first lottery. It is expected that the commission will select an instant "scratch-off" game to start the state lottery because other options, such as the lotto games with multimillion-dollar jackpots played in Eastern states, require more elaborate computer systems that could take months to set up.

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