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After one month, electronic pull tabs look like a winner

Electronic pull tabs pulled in more than $600,000 in Minnesota during the first month of the new games. The Gambling Control Board heard a report detailing the spread of the games to bars and restaurants around the state. Some of the revenue from the games will pay the state's portion of a new Vikings stadium.
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Paper pull tabs are still around, but the video version that's played on an iPad is catching on quickly. In a report to the Minnesota Gambling Control Board, the company that distributes the electronic pull tab games said they're already in 40 bars and restaurants, they'll show up in another 20 this week, and 100 more places are on a waiting list.

So far they've raised more than $600,000, which will help subsidize a new stadium for the Vikings.

They started in the Twin Cities, but quickly spread to establishments around the state.

The first of the games were issued at five bars in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud in mid-September.

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