E-pull tabs not making money for Minn. officials

Apr 1, 2013 5:02 PM

They’ve been around for years, at least as long as the country has had bingo halls. But now they come as electronic games, and they were the hope of Minnesota officials to generate enough gambling revenue to pay for the state’s share of the cost of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

So far, the new machines have failed to generate anywhere near the number of tax dollars needed.

Not that the machines aren’t popular, say officials. In facilities where they have been located they are drawing customers. Problem is there aren’t enough locations with the pull-tab machines.

Supporters say it will take time to expedite the pull-tab movement while opponents say the initial projections were unrealistic to begin with.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at [email protected]ay.com.

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