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State lawmakers expressed concern Wednesday with the Minnesota Lottery's gradual push into Internet and other electronic ticket sales, saying they were worried about how far the virtual gambling could go.
The electronic betting games introduced a year ago to help pay the state's share of construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium did not end up raising any money for the project, but some charities that operate the games have benefited from their introduction.
Minnesota's attempt to use electronic gambling in bars as a Vikings stadium revenue source has proven to be a bust. Even Gov. Mark Dayton admits as much in a Minnesota Public Radio News report Friday analyzing how early assumptions proved so wrong.
Gamblers would love electronic pulltabs. Cash would flow and the state’s cut from the new games would pay the public share of a new Vikings stadium. That’s what Gov. Mark Dayton and other politicians predicted.
Boosters of the struggling electronic pull-tab games that are supposed to help pay for construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium are holding meetings statewide trying to inspire interest and confidence in the games.
The Minnesota group that represents charitable gambling operators is holding meetings around the state to promote the struggling electronic bar games that are supposed to help pay for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
An Argusville resident has claimed a $240,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot in North Dakota. State lottery officials say the jackpot was won in Saturday's drawing. The winning ticket was sold at a travel plaza in Mapleton.
Sales taxes from both electronic pulltabs and linked bingo are earmarked to fund the state's $350 million share of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, the biggest public works project in state history. But in the latest data available, pulltab gambling machines were in only about 200 Minnesota bars -- out of 2,500 the state expected them to be in.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that Minnesota's Gambling Control Board should have revealed from the start that it consulted the gambling industry when compiling its projections for how much the state would make from expanding electronic gaming to help pay for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
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