Skip to main content

Dayton on e-pulltab flop: 'we were terribly wrong'


By now, it's a well-known fact that the plan to fund the state's $498 million share of the new Vikings stadium with revenue from electronic pulltabs was a bust, but now Gov. Mark Dayton is owning up to it.

"You know, there were multiple errors made, and in hindsight, obviously we were terribly wrong," Dayton told Minnesota Public Radio.

MPR says revenue from the electronic games, which also includes bingo, is down nearly 100 percent from projections. Only 300 bars across the state have installed e-pulltabs, down significantly from the projected 2,500 bars that lawmakers thought would jump on board.

Dayton admits there were many factors that contributed to the disappointing results.

Former Republican state Sen. Amy Koch and bar owner Amy Koch said part of the problem is that it's incredibly expensive for bars to install e-games for only a couple hundred bucks in return each month.

Also, paper pulltab players aren't going for it, saying the electronic games aren't that much fun.

To make up for the shortfall, Dayton got behind a backup plan to generate funds. A one-time tax on cigarette supplies generated more than $30.4 million, most of which is earmarked for the nearly $1 billion stadium. A new tax on out-of-state corporation is also expected to contribute to the state's piece of the pie.

Construction on the new stadium is scheduled to begin in early November.

A KSTP/Survey USA poll of 500 adults in Minnesota conducted Sept. 4-5 found that 51 percent are in favor of re-opening the stadium legislation to re-work the stadium deal, while 39 percent think the contract should be left as is.

Next Up

Willow River DOC

MN Dept. of Corrections offering $5K bonuses as it seeks to hire 200

The DOC is offering hiring bonuses for new employees and for referrals.


3rd federal medical team to join COVID-19 fight in Minnesota

There are more than 1,500 people with COVID-19 admitted to Minnesota hospitals.

hospital, emergency room

Driver killed after other motorist crosses into opposite lane

The head-on crash occurred early Thursday, just north of the Twin Cities.

shot clock

MSHSL approves shot clock for Minnesota varsity basketball

Shot clocks will be required at all varsity games beginning in 2023-24.

Redmons Popcorn Colbert screengrab

Popcorn shop featured on 'The Late Show' has to close 2 days later

A county inspection after the national TV appearance found code violations.

covid, vaccine

Minnesotan infected with omicron was vaccinated, had booster shot

The Hennepin County man received his booster shot in early November.

Timothy William Tuit

2 people plead guilty in fatal Dakota County home invasion

Two others charged in the incident will go to trial next year.