Malfunction prompts temporary shutdown of e-bingo

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The first electronic linked bingo games intended to help fund the new Vikings stadium have been sent back to the manufacturer because of a computer glitch.

E-bingo allows players at different locations to compete against each other for jackpots that can range up to $75,000.

The Star Tribune reports the games were being tested in a half dozen bars and restaurants but would occasionally display a random image when a new player logged on.

John Burger, spokesman for e-tab Manufacturing in St. Paul, says they hope the games will be back from the lab this week. The company was aiming to launch e-bingo statewide on April 1.

The state's original revenue projections of $35 million a year from electronic bingo along with e-pull tabs are proving to be way off the mark, with less than $2 million brought in so far.

Legislators are looking for alternatives to electronic gambling to cover the $348 million the state has committed to the nearly $1 billion stadium.

Gov. Mark Dayton has said the revenue could still bounce back as the games catch on.

Next Up

Caribou Coffee Holiday 2020

Caribou Coffee rolls out holiday cups, menu early

The holiday season is underway at some Twin Cities stores, with a nationwide rollout planned for Nov. 5.

Malik Beasley

Charges: Timberwolves' Beasley pointed assault rifle at family on a home tour

The family was on the Parade of Homes tour when Beasley allegedly pointed the gun at them, telling them to get off his property.

aldi grocery store

Aldi is opening its first store in Winona next month

The new store is part of Aldi's $5 billion expansion across the U.S.

coronavirus, COVID-19 test

COVID-19: Minnesota planning rapid testing for young adults

Health officials are in the planning stages of launching a rapid testing option for 18 to 35 year olds.

grocery shopping

Money Gal Coaching: 15 money-saving tips you should consider

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.

Vikes

Coller: What's left to watch for Vikings fans?

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

trick-or-treating, Halloween

Traditional trick-of-treating a no-no, but MDH say there are ways to make it safer

There are safer ways to do trick-or-treating than going door-to-door, health officials say.

android sanitizing station CBP

Officers seize 440 fake hand-sanitizing stations at International Falls port

If the items were legitimate, they would have been worth more than $1 million.

Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 3.13.09 PM

Jason Lewis discharged from the hospital after life-threatening hernia

Lewis will return to his home in Woodbury to recover.

voting sign

Backlash as Trump campaign, MPD union seek retired cops to act as 'poll challengers'

The Secretary of State says targeting a "problem area" is unlawful.

Related