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E-Pulltabs Coming Up Short In Funding Vikings Stadium

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The revenue coming in from the electronic pulltab games are not enough to fund the new Vikings stadium.

But state leaders say pulltab revenues will get better, even as the budget report issued on Wednesday said the money isn’t coming in anywhere near as rapidly as predicted.

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s not overly concerned, but that the state might need to start marketing electronic pulltab gambling — not just at bars, but even grocery stores.

“There are enterprises like Cub Foods that are qualified and eligible to allow these games,” Dayton said. “And we are going to need somebody to go out and market these opportunities. So I think we will catch up. We are slightly behind now, but we’ll get there.”

The governor’s office says there are a number of reasons for the slow start, including educating bar owners on how to set up the system, and a reluctance to set up systems until all the games are introduced.

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