Electronic Pull Tabs Still Aren't Catching on in Minn.

Updated: 07/26/2013 7:38 AM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls

New electronic pull tab numbers for June show the new form of charitable gaming is not catching on as hoped.

The Minnesota Gambling Control Board released numbers that show only about 300 out of possible 2,800 charitable gaming sites have installed electronic pull tabs across the state.

Net profits are slightly down from April as well. State records show e-pull tabs netted about $332,000 in April and only $287,000 in June. E-pull tabs were supposed to provide about $35 million dollars in their first year to help pay off the construction debt of the new Vikings Stadium.

State Senator, Sean Nienow, (R) Cambridge, opposed e-pull tabs, from the start. He tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Governor Mark Dayton and lawmakers who supported e-pull tabs broke a promise with taxpayers.

The state has decided to close corporate tax loopholes and designate cigarette taxes as back up revenue to fill the funding void of lower-than-projected e-pull tab revenues.

Senator Nienow says using General Fund money to fill that void is something the governor and legislative leaders promised taxpayers they would not do.