State's low-profile test of online lottery sales is raising eyebrows

Private online gambling is illegal in Minnesota, but the state lottery has been experimenting with an online "subscription service" to make up for a decline in traditional ticket sales. Now some critics are wondering whether the state is overstepping its authority.
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Private online gambling is illegal in Minnesota, but the state lottery has been experimenting with an online "subscription service" to make up for a decline in traditional ticket sales. Now some critics are wondering whether the state is overstepping its authority.

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