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New Electronic Pull Tabs Arrive In Rochester

Posted at: 10/09/2012 9:18 PM
Updated at: 10/09/2012 10:17 PM
By: Dietrich Nissen

(ABC 6 News) -- The new electronic pull tabs are now in Rochester. The digital gambling is expected to help pay for the new Vikings stadium, but will the game be successful?

We stopped by Rochester’s Recreation Lanes which is the first location in all of Southeast Minnesota to get the new tabs. 

The state is hoping residents like, Leola Wolfgram, play the game. However, Wolfgram enjoys nothing more than throwing a strike at the bowling alley, which is why it took a little convincing to pull the 87-year-old over to a pair of iPads so she could try out the new electronic pull-tabs.

The bar allowed us to test the iPads out by putting ten dollars in each one. As the colorful screens lit up, Leona wasn't impressed. Each iPad offers five different pull tab games, including a jungle game which Leona chose to play. Bets are either one or two dollars so winning more than that is always nice.

"Oh! Three dollars," says Leona. "It looked better than that."

When you're finished playing, you press the Cashout button, which notifies the bartender of an impending payout. In the end, Leona still wasn't sure what to think. 

"Does it seem like fun?" we asked.

"I'm not sure. I think so, I think so," Leona said with a laugh.

For now, she'll stick to the lanes and leave the new pull tabs to others.

The state hopes to raise $350 million dollars through the new digital pull tab games. In order to play, you must have a valid driver’s license and be 18-years-old or older.

Authorities say they're trying to roll out the games to more locations as quickly as possible.