Minn. expands gambling to pay for Vikings stadium

Dec 23, 2012 1:56 PM

Dollar-short Minnesota is expanding its distribution system, as well as its outlets for electronic gambling games so that more revenue can be generated to pay that outstanding bill for the Vikings stadium.

The Minnesota Gambling Control Board says it has licensed e-tab Manufacturing LLC of St. Paul as the state’s second vendor to offer electronic pulltabs in the state. And, the authority that runs Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has approved the installation of the machines at the airport’s bars.

So far, revenues have fallen far short of the predicted $34 million annually but with additional outlets, such as bars, restaurants and clubs across the state, officials feel the revenues will increase substantially. 

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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