Results Of First Year Of E-Pulltabs 19 Sep 13

A new report says that the electronic pulltab games introduced a year ago to help pay for a new Vikings stadium did not raise one single cent for the project, although some charities that helped operate the games did benefit from them. New figures from the state confirm what’s been obvious to policymakers for months. While players spent $15-million over the last year on the games, 85% of that was returned as prizes while the rest was divided among charity expenses, donations and taxes. Lawmakers passed alternative stadium funding earlier this year, including a one-time tax on cigarette supplies which generated more than $30-million, and a new tax on out-of-state corporations. Governor Dayton has apologized for pushing the electronic gambling, calling it an “honest mistake.”