Should Gov. Dayton support a ban on online lottery games?

“The Minnesota Legislature is poised to ban instant-play lottery games and tickets sold at gas pumps and ATMs,” writes MPR News political reporter Tom Scheck.

A joint House/Senate conference committee approved the ban Thursday. It would give the Minnesota Lottery until the end of October to phase out the games.

Lawmakers have criticized Minnesota Lottery officials for expanding access to new games without getting legislative approval. But the lottery’s executive director Ed Van Petten said banning the games could cost the state millions in lost revenue and lawsuits. He said he would prefer to see Gov. Mark Dayton veto the bill.

“I’d like to continue our projects but if the Legislature doesn’t want more money, I can’t make them take money,” Van Petten said.

Several lawmakers said they weren’t buying Van Petten’s gloomy prediction in lost revenue for the state. Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, said he doesn’t think it will cost the state that much.

“That is based on projections about how this $237,000 e-scratch thing would or would not perform,” Atkins said. “So those numbers are much more murky that the ones that are in the current biennium.”

A spokesman for Dayton said he hasn’t yet formed a position on the bill.

Today’s Question: Should Gov. Dayton support a ban on online lottery games?

  • Gary F

    The DFL has an addiction to spending, and this is a way to tax the poor, so I’m not sure why they are against this.

  • PaulJ

    If the gov’t wants to provide gaming, they should make it fair (higher payouts). Currently, gambling seems like a way to prey on voters, the particular mechanism doesn’t matter.

  • Mason

    No, and it is very disturbing that state is fighting to keep a monopoly on exploiting on gambling addicts.

  • JQP

    its a matter of time- if they say no now… it will eventually go there. all “paper based” activities are moving online. Your bills, payments, medical records, tax-filings, license plate renewal can be done online … what makes this any different ?

  • Jamie

    “Gambling is the
    future on the internet. You can only look at so many dirty pictures.” ~ Simon Noble, an Austrian-based internet bookmaker

    “The house doesn’t beat the player. It just gives him the opportunity to beat himself.” ~ Nick Dandalos, casino poker champion

    “Luck never gives, it only lends.” ~ Swedish proverb

  • Joe

    Don’t ban e*trade!

  • Jim G

    Yes…Pandora’s Lottery Box should never have been opened in the first place.

  • Bill

    No, people who are addicted to gambling don’t need another source to drain their money. Most people who gamble can’t afford to do it and most that can don’t. It hurts the middle and lower class individuals.

  • whitedoggie44

    It is a tax on stupid people

  • Owen

    Gambling is another area where the state has no business.