Minn. Lottery Moves to Online Scratch-Off Games

Created: 01/11/2014 7:38 AM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Image: Minnesota State Lottery
Image: Minnesota State Lottery

The Minnesota State Lottery has plans to launch an online version of its scratch-off games.

Lottery Director Ed Van Petten says after extensive research the move would be beneficial.

They hope to appeal to younger Minnesotans and boost the sale of traditional lottery tickets with the move.

Van Petten says in other countries retail sales at brick and mortar stores increased after launching the online version of the games.

Gambling opponents criticized the idea, saying an expansion into more online sales could increase addiction and usher in a new generation of gamblers.

Online lottery players can bet up to $50 a week, and problem gamblers can block themselves from the site. The lottery has several ways of ensuring that customers are old enough to play and physically in Minnesota when they make their purchases.