Minnesota Gov. vetoes bill to limit online lottery sales
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Friday that would have done away with online instant-play lottery games and barred sales of tickets via gas pumps or ATMs.
His decision ends suspense over a bill that passed with big bipartisan majorities on the final day of the legislative session. The Democratic governor confessed to being torn over the strong message sent by lawmakers and his fear that the legislation was partly motivated by other gambling interests looking to protect their turf ...
Jun 1, 2014, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Legislature passes lottery bill scrapping online scratch-off games
Gov. unsure if he will sign bill
Both the Minnesota House and Senate on Friday overwhelmingly approved restrictions on online sales of state lottery tickets.
The bill now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton, who has said he hasn't decided whether he'll sign it.
Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, called implementation of the new electronic games overreach by the administration.
Politically, we pinned their ears back, said Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston. The lottery needs to have some controls, some ...
May 17, 2014, 11:08 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota lottery officials try to salvage online sales
Minnesota State Lottery officials are scrambling to craft a last-ditch deal that would stop legislators from slamming shut the lottery's foray into online ticket sales.
Lottery officials have been meeting daily with legislators to broker a compromise that would allow them to continue selling tickets online while prohibiting any new initiatives.
I am hoping we can we reach some kind of common ground, state lottery director Ed Van Petten said. I think there is a chance that people will fina ...
May 9, 2014, 4:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Minn. Gov. says lottery needs time to end online games
Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday it would be pointless for him to veto a bill stripping the Minnesota Lottery's ability to sell tickets online if the Legislature votes convincingly for the restriction.
Dayton told The Associated Press that he hopes lawmakers at least give the lottery adequate time to end its Internet games and minimize breached contracts. The Senate voted overwhelmingly last week for an immediate online lottery prohibition. A House vote could come soon.
The Democratic governor ...
Apr 29, 2014, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery turns 25, shows off new logo
Includes video report
The Minnesota Lottery celebrated its 25th birthday Thursday with a splash of color. In fact, there were many splashes of color, courtesy of celebrity performance artist David Garibaldi.
The 32 year old finalist on the America's Got Talent program leapt onto a stage at Target Plaza before the noon Twins game and speed-painted the new Lottery logo on a black canvass in 5 minutes. The new logo features the iconic loon, but this loon has wings spread in flight.
It is t ...
Apr 19, 2014, 1:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Bill to limit Minnesota Lottery online sales advances in Senate
A bill to turn off online sales of Minnesota Lottery tickets moved ahead Friday in the state Senate.
The bill, which would also do away with play at the pump lottery sales available at some gas stations, cleared the State and Local Government Committee and was headed to the Finance Committee.
The measure seeks to pull back the expansion of lottery offerings from beyond what was intended, said Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, sponsor of the bill.
Skoe chairs the Senate Taxes Committee, and ...
Mar 22, 2014, 7:25 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa and Minnesota lotteries kick off new multi-state game
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
The Minnesota and Iowa state lotteries have unveiled a new two-state game in which players win the prize by matching all of the numbers or none of them.
In the new game, called All or Nothing, players choose 12 numbers from a pool of 24. There are 10 different ways to win prizes by matching various numbers, but the top prize of $100,000 is won by matching either all the numbers drawn or none of them.
Tickets cost $1 each, and drawings are held t ...
Jan 28, 2014, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery to offer online 'scratch-off' tickets
As expected, critics are outraged, supporters hopeful
Forget that drive to a convenience store for a scratch-off lottery ticket.
The Minnesota State Lottery soon will give consumers the same chance at a jackpot from the comfort of home, allowing them to scratch off tickets with a mouse and a cursor, not a coin.
Undeterred by earlier criticisms, lottery official are making a bold play to reach the next generation of lottery players by going beyond its current Powerball-like games online ...
Dec 23, 2013, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Minn. Lottery's e-tickets unnerve some lawmakers
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.
Lottery officials testified Wednesday before the House Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee about the broadening sales platforms. Director Ed Van Petten says customers will soon be able to purchase popular scratch-off tickets via the Internet. The Lottery also plans to expand sales of ...
Oct 30, 2013, 6:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Minnesota man claims share of $448M Powerball jackpot
Includes video report
Paul White's family gave him grief for years when he said he'd win the lottery one day. On Thursday, he showed them to the tune of $86 million.
White, a project engineer from suburban Minneapolis, came forward Thursday as one of three winners in the $448 million Powerball jackpot, one of the largest in American history.
White showed up at the Minnesota lottery headquarters to claim a replica check made out for $149 million. Because White picked the instant-cash opt ...
Aug 8, 2013, 5:47 pm - Lottery News forum