MN Senate Approves Online Scratch-Off Ban

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 10:44 am

The Minnesota Senate approved a bill on Friday that would allow government to ban ticket sales on the state lottery website.

According to the AP, the measure would affect online scratch-off tickets and the sales of games at gas station pumps. It comes after allegations that lottery director Ed Van Petten started selling online lottery tickets without legislative approval.

The act passed as part of a bigger gambling bill on Friday with a 52-2 Senate vote.

Van Petten told the Star Tribune “They are making a huge mistake,” adding that he believes the lottery had the legal right to launch online ticket sales.

In February, Minnesota become the first state to offer online scratch-off tickets. Critics claim it resembles slot machine gambling.

A similar measure is moving forward in the House. The House Commerce Committee approved the ban on Thursday.

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