State Senate votes again to end online lottery games

Published 9:13 am Friday, May 8, 2015

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to warn the state lottery that its days of selling instant-win tickets on the Internet, at gas pumps and through ATMs are numbered.

The Senate’s 56-8 vote would end the virtual games that the lottery launched last year without explicit legislative approval, which prompted cries of executive-branch overreach and expressions of concern that state-sponsored gambling was becoming too convenient.

“I hope the lottery has learned a lesson from this because this is an expansion of gambling that should not have happened,” said Sen. Barb Goodwin, a Columbia Heights Democrat.

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It’s a message lawmakers first delivered a year ago, only to be trumped by Gov. Mark Dayton with a veto that came too late for them to override.