It wasn’t a typical Tuesday morning commute for some light rail riders in downtown Minneapolis. They found themselves sharing the platform with some zombies! The Minnesota Lottery sent the undead to the Government Plaza as part of a promotion for a new scratch game called “The Walking Dead.”
Gov. Mark Dayton is on the clock. He has until May 30 to dispense with the remaining bills lawmakers sent him upon adjourning their legislative session.
By landslide votes, lawmakers put Gov. Mark Dayton on the spot with a bill preventing the Minnesota Lottery from offering instant-play games online or selling tickets at gas pumps and ATMs. Dayton hasn’t indicated what he’ll decide, but his lottery director craves a veto.
The day of reckoning over the Minnesota Lottery’s foray into online gaming has been put off. House members voiced disapproval Tuesday over Internet and gas pump gambling options the lottery introduced.
The Minnesota Lottery’s ability to sell paperless tickets over the Internet and at gas pumps is up for another legislative vote. The House was due Tuesday to consider a measure barring the lottery from continuing virtual games that have been the source of controversy.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday it would be “pointless” for him to veto a bill stripping the Minnesota Lottery’s ability to sell tickets online if the Legislature votes convincingly for the restriction. Dayton told The Associated Press that he hopes lawmakers at least give the lottery adequate time to end its Internet games and minimize breached contracts. The Senate voted overwhelmingly last week for an immediate online lottery prohibition. A House vote could come soon.
The Minnesota Senate has taken a stand against the sale of lottery tickets through a website or gas-pump terminals. By a voice vote Friday, senators moved to outlaw the practice that the Minnesota Lottery had already begun. It was as an amendment to a separate gambling regulation bill.
If you play the Minnesota Lottery online, listen up: the Legislature may be preparing to shut down the game. A bill to end online gambling got the OK from the Minnesota House Commerce Committee Thursday.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he hasn’t formed a position on a bill that would bar the Minnesota Lottery from selling tickets over the Internet. Dayton said Wednesday that he will seek input from supporters and opponents as the bill progresses.
A month after instant “scratch-off” Minnesota Lottery ticket sales went live on the Internet, the pioneering venture faces a high-powered threat at the Capitol. The Senate leaders of both parties and tax committee heads in both chambers are seeking a one-sentence change in state law to permanently turn off the new portal for gambling. Among other issues, lawmakers are upset that lottery officials introduced the games without seeking their approval through explicit legislation allowing it.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport is eyeing a major expansion of gambling with a plan to sell Minnesota Lottery tickets on about 2,500 electronic tablets that are already installed in the main terminal. Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan confirms Monday that the plan is under consideration by the Metropolitan Airports Commission.
Caroline Kennedy was sworn in as the ambassador to Japan on Tuesday. So, that had Wendy from Eagan wondering: What does being an ambassador entail? According to the U.S. State Department, a U.S. ambassador is the president’s highest-ranking representative to another country. That person’s main role is to coordinate the Foreign Service office and the staff that serves under him or her. An ambassador is nominated by the president, but must be approved by the Senate. Some ambassadors are long-time diplomats, and others have been political friends or allies. In this case, Caroline Kennedy is a well-known person from prominent political family who will fill a high-profile ambassadorship.
The Minnesota Lottery will set a new sales record for the sixth consecutive year. According to the Lottery’s Executive Director Ed Van Petten, last year’s record amount of $520 million will easily be passed. “Sales for the current fiscal year were already ahead of last years by the end of May,” Van Petten said. “When we close out the fiscal year on June 30, we will be well ahead of last year’s total sales.”
Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is a record $600 million. And Kjirsten Johnson from Forest Lake asked: What happens if a winner doesn’t claim it? By law, if someone wins, but doesn’t claim their prize, the money goes into the state’s General Fund — the main bank account for state government.
State lottery officials are not only delighted, they’re also surprised by another record year for ticket sales.