Minnesota Lottery's online games rejected by state Senate, House votes next


Online gambling is not a winner at the Minnesota Senate, where lawmakers have voted to end the State Lottery's games.

The odds apparently weren't good going in, with the final tally showing a crushing 56-8 defeat Thursday, FOX 9 reports.

The station says the measure would give the Minnesota State Lottery 130 days to cease its online gaming operation, which includes "instant winner" tickets sold on the internet, at ATMs and gas pumps.

This is the second attempt at shutting down the lottery's online gambling, with the Legislature approving a ban last year – only to have the measure vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton.

The argument against the system is the same one lawmakers made in 2014: Lottery officials overstepped their authority by launching online gaming without getting legislative approval.

However, Sen. Sandy Pappas, urged her colleagues to give the lottery until 2018 to wrap things up, according to MPR News.

The Democrat expressed worries the agency might run into serious trouble with the virtual gambling companies it works with.

“What kind of message does this send to vendors who in good faith go into a contract with the state and then find the legislature throwing the contract out?” Pappas asked. “Are they going to hesitate to want to engage into a contract with the state?”

Those vendor contracts expire in 2018.

The Star Tribune reports the House will tackle a "companion bill" next week, and adds that it's not yet clear what Gov. Dayton will do if the measure passes.

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