Lawmakers mull ban on online lottery sales - KMSP-TV

Lawmakers mull ban on online lottery sales

Posted: Updated:
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A bill that would ban the sale of the e-scratch games the Minnesota Lottery makes available on its website got its first hearing on Thursday after lawmakers expressed concern gambling is now too easy.

The Minnesota Lottery began selling e-scratch games in February, but it has long sold electronic versions of other lottery tickets, including PowerBall.

Several lawmakers aren't fans of the online expansion, however, because they believe it makes gambling dangerously easy to do.

"Members, this is not the online lottery," Rep. Greg Davids, a Republican from Preston, argued. "This is online crack."

Yet, lottery director Ed Van Patten told Fox 9 News the amount of online sales is very low so far, only bringing in $170,000 since Feb. 6. Even so, he argues that it is critical to marketing and sustaining lottery sales.

Furthermore, Van Patten said that stopping the games would open the lottery up to lawsuits from players who may have outstanding prizes from the winning tickets they bought online.

The bill passed on a voice vote and will now head to the Rules Committee.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • VIDEO: St. Paul cops use Taser on father in front of children

    VIDEO: St. Paul cops use Taser on father in front of children

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-08-29 04:20:32 GMT
    Recently-released cell phone footage of an arrest made by St. Paul police at the end of January is triggering outrage against two white officers who used a Taser on a black man in front of his children at their school.
    Recently-released cell phone footage of an arrest made by St. Paul police at the end of January is triggering outrage against two white officers who used a Taser on a black man in front of his children at their school.
  • When hope was gone, parents turned to Google to save baby

    When hope was gone, parents turned to Google to save baby

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:11:34 GMT

    They were told by multiple doctors that there was no way to save their baby. That's when they took matters into their own hands, and it ended up being the right choice.

    They were told by multiple doctors that there was no way to save their baby. That's when they took matters into their own hands, and it ended up being the right choice.

  • Police shoot, kill man outside Ramsey daycare

    Police shoot, kill man outside Ramsey daycare

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:10:37 GMT
    The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says a man was shot and killed by police on Thursday afternoon after he pointed a gun at officers while running away from a "suspicious vehicle" parked near The Learning Lodge.
    The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says a man was shot and killed by police on Thursday afternoon after he pointed a gun at officers while running away from a "suspicious vehicle" parked near The Learning Lodge.
Widgets Magazine
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices