Minnesota paperless, instant-win Lottery games to end
The Minnesota Lottery's experiment with paperless, instant-play tickets sold over the Internet and other platforms will come to an end as Gov. Mark Dayton decided Thursday against vetoing legislation suspending the games.
The Legislature had sent Dayton the bill to stop the virtual games after overwhelming votes in the Senate last week and the House on Thursday. Spokesman Matt Swenson said Dayton would defer to their will rather than veto it, which could have subjected him to a possible overr ...
May 15, 2015, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Minn. Senate passes bill restricting expansion of State Lottery
Minnesotans soon may no longer be able to buy lottery tickets at ATMs, gas pumps or online, as the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that would restrict the Minnesota State Lottery's yearslong foray into new gambling platforms.
The decisive 56-8 vote was a rebuke to Gov. Mark Dayton, who vetoed a similar measure last year.
Bill author Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and Republican advocates of the bill framed the issue as one of legislative prerogative, accusing the State Lott ...
May 9, 2015, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
New fight looms over MN lottery online sales
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is braced for a repeat struggle over the Minnesota Lottery and said Tuesday that its director faces a challenge in trying to preserve online ticket sales that many lawmakers want to outlaw.
Dayton expressed little doubt that the Legislature will again attempt to bar most virtual ticket sales and acknowledged that the veto he used to short-circuit their push last spring might not hold up.
At the urging of Lottery Director Ed Van Petten, Dayton struck down the prop ...
Dec 9, 2014, 8:55 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota couple claim $11.7M Hot Lotto jackpot
Generous couple gives store clerk college money
Rhonda Meath waits tables for a living. Her husband, Joe, is a retired turbine operator who still does some snowplowing at a nearby gas station. They live on a quiet 10 acres in northern Anoka County.
None of that is likely to change, the Bethel couple say, now that they're $11.71 million richer, thanks to a winning lottery ticket Joe bought at that gas station.
As the Meaths drove to Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Rosevilleon Monday mo ...
Sep 9, 2014, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
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