Minn. Lottery’s e-tickets unnerve some lawmakers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Lottery is gradually expanding its offerings to sell more of its tickets online or at gas pumps and ATMs. Some state legislators are nervous about the push.

Lottery officials testified Wednesday before the House Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee about the broadening sales platforms. Director Ed Van Petten says customers will soon be able to purchase popular scratch-off tickets via the Internet. The Lottery also plans to expand sales of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets to more gas pumps and ATMs.

Republican Rep. Greg Davids of Preston argued that the Lottery was pushing too far too fast.

Van Petten assured the panel that his agency won’t delve into casino-style games. This week, Delaware’s lottery will debut online slots, roulette and blackjack games.

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