Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited December 6, 2016, 4:45 am
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Minnesota paperless, instant-win Lottery games to end

Minnesota LotteryMinnesota Lottery: Minnesota paperless, instant-win Lottery games to end
52
Rating:

ST. PAUL, Minn. — 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 override attempt.

After it goes into effect early next week without Dayton's signature, the lottery must halt the games within four months. The games were seen as a way to connect with next-generation players who do much of their business on laptops, tablets and smart-phones.

Dayton vetoed a similar bill last year that would have suspended the electronic "scratch-off" ticket sales at gas pumps, through ATMs and over the Internet. Lawmakers had adjourned for the year so lacked they chance to override him.

Lawmakers insist the lottery overstepped its bounds by branching out into electronic games without explicit approval. When those games went live early last year, Minnesota was the first state to sell instant-play games on the Internet in addition to a subscription service for draw games like Powerball.

"Every piece of gaming expansion or gaming activity has come through the Legislature. Big or small," bill sponsor Rep. Tim Sanders, a Blaine Republican, said. He said it's up to lawmakers to decide how far gambling goes.

The four-month window is meant to give the lottery time to get out of its contracts with certain vendors.

"It's not just turning off a switch," said Lottery Director Ed Van Petten. "We'll have to work with our vendors on that issue and determine what is and what isn't possible."

Still, lottery officials have warned that the state could get sued and face up to $12 million in early termination damages. Van Petten said about $850,000 worth of e-scratch tickets have been sold in the first 10 months of this fiscal year.

Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, said he was uncomfortable breaking the contracts and joined in an unsuccessful push to offer the lottery even more time.

"When you give someone your word, when you shake their hand you stick by it," Atkins said. "When you shake someone's hand and you come to an agreement, you honor that agreement."

The bill would let ticket sales for draw games continue over the Internet, which has resulted in $1.5 million in sales so far this fiscal year. But Van Petten said those would be in doubt as well because they're managed by some of the same vendors as the instant-play games.

"I can't imagine our vendors would continue the contract if we breach part of it," Van Petten said.

StarTribune

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

7 comments. Last comment 2 years ago by music*.
Page 1 of 1
music*'s avatar - nw bookeep.jpg
Happy California
United States
Member #157856
August 2, 2014
1513 Posts
Offline
Posted: May 15, 2015, 11:32 am - IP Logged

 The Minnesota Legislature is flexing it's muscle.  This will be an example for other States.  The Governor is yielding to the People's representatives.  Smile

 I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

 Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

    Technut's avatar - moon
    3rd Rock from Sun
    United States
    Member #159103
    September 13, 2014
    151 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: May 15, 2015, 12:03 pm - IP Logged

    My guess is either the reps don't like the setup or it's not going as well as they thought it would.

    Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a gift that's why it's called the PRESENT! (c8

      Todd's avatar - Cylon 2.gif
      Chief Bottle Washer
      New Jersey
      United States
      Member #1
      May 31, 2000
      23261 Posts
      Online
      Posted: May 15, 2015, 1:10 pm - IP Logged

       The Minnesota Legislature is flexing it's muscle.  This will be an example for other States.  The Governor is yielding to the People's representatives.  Smile

      Do you really think the people want the government to restrict them from playing online?  Personally, I think it's a case of the people's representatives not doing what the people want.  A bad trend for the lottery?  Let's hope it's not a trend.

       

      Check the State Lottery Report Card
      What grade did your lottery earn?

       

      Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
      Help eliminate computerized drawings!

        cbr$'s avatar - maren
        Cordova,Al.
        United States
        Member #104482
        January 15, 2011
        4889 Posts
        Offline
        Posted: May 15, 2015, 1:12 pm - IP Logged

        Van Petten, is correct. In part it is a breach of contract with their vendors. Minnesota Lottery can be sue for the vendors losses. Or sued for the amount of money the vendors should have been given, if the contact was successfully finished.

          music*'s avatar - nw bookeep.jpg
          Happy California
          United States
          Member #157856
          August 2, 2014
          1513 Posts
          Offline
          Posted: May 15, 2015, 4:00 pm - IP Logged

           The legislature wants to be in the decision making process. They are protecting their turf. 

            When the voters want online Power Ball and more then they will tell their representatives in many ways.

           I do not think that this will be a trend.  I love this fifty State system we Americans have.Smile

           I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

           Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

            Todd's avatar - Cylon 2.gif
            Chief Bottle Washer
            New Jersey
            United States
            Member #1
            May 31, 2000
            23261 Posts
            Online
            Posted: May 15, 2015, 4:16 pm - IP Logged

             The legislature wants to be in the decision making process. They are protecting their turf. 

              When the voters want online Power Ball and more then they will tell their representatives in many ways.

             I do not think that this will be a trend.  I love this fifty State system we Americans have.Smile

            Minnesota Lottery Director Ed Van Petten is the one who started the new sales at gas stations and online.  He was responding to what the players want -- and obviously players have been responding positively through increased sales.

            It is the legislators in almost every case (in every state) who don't understand the lottery or lottery players, and are making political decisions based on things that have nothing to do with the lottery -- or the lottery players' wishes.  I can't tell you how many times I have seen legislators block the very things that people want, because some opposing minor constituency is important to their re-election.

            I agree with you in principle about checks and balances in government.  But I disagree with you that legislators should meddle in the affairs of the lottery.  The lottery folks are professionals who know best how to sell their games; let them do it.

             

            Check the State Lottery Report Card
            What grade did your lottery earn?

             

            Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
            Help eliminate computerized drawings!

              music*'s avatar - nw bookeep.jpg
              Happy California
              United States
              Member #157856
              August 2, 2014
              1513 Posts
              Offline
              Posted: May 15, 2015, 4:32 pm - IP Logged

              I Agree!  Todd, You have won the discussion.   Those pesky politicians who are vote hungry. 

               Like Sir Winston Churchill said," Democracy is a terrible form of government until you look at all the alternatives."

                Thank God we live in a Republic and not an insane Democracy.

               I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

               Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others