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State approves two new e-pulltab vendors, airport games

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Minnesota's Gambling Control Board has approved two more companies to distribute the electronic pulltab games that hit some of the state's bars and restaurants this fall. In addition, the games are landing at the airport. The board OK'd e-pulltabs at six bars in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Electronic pulltab gaming machines were first unveiled in September as a way to generate $350 million for the new stadium. But revenues have been disappointing so far – an estimated $16 million compared to a project $34 million for the current fiscal year, officials have said. Until now only one vendor was authorized to distribute the games in Minnesota.

Gov. Mark Dayton has said he is not too worried yet about missed targets.

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