Lottery attempts to keep online sales alive

Published 9:16 am Friday, May 9, 2014

ST. PAUL — Minnesota lottery officials have been meeting with state legislators to try and broker a deal to continue selling scratch-off tickets online.

Some lawmakers are perturbed that the lottery began selling the tickets online and at gas pumps without their approval. A measure to stop the online and gas pump sales is awaiting a final vote in the House where it has plenty of support.

Lottery director Ed Van Petten said he’s not required to get legislative approval for the Internet or gas pump sales, since they’re the same tickets that are offered at convenience stores.

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