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Bill may end some Minnesota online lottery sales

May 15, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Instant-play lottery games won't be available on the Internet or Minnesota gas pumps as of November if legislation ready for final votes prevails..

That's under a bill a House-Senate panel adopted Thursday. The bill reels in a Minnesota Lottery that has gradually expanded into new areas without getting lawmaker permission first. Gov. Mark Dayton's position is not clear.

The lottery wouldn't entirely lose its ability to sell tickets online. It could still offer subscription sales for draw games like Powerball and Mega Millions.

Lawmakers are targeting electronic versions of scratch-off tickets and the sale of tickets at gas pumps or ATMs. Those games would cease by Oct. 30.

Lottery director Ed Van Petten says the state could face a vendor lawsuit and lose millions in sales. He prefers a veto.

 
 

 

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