Charitable gambling heats up

  • Updated: November 16, 2012 - 9:18 PM
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Electronic pulltab devices made their debut in Minnesota Tuesday, September 18, 2012.

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Minnesotans plunked down more than a billion dollars for charitable gambling during the last fiscal year, according to the annual report released this week by the Minnesota Gambling Control Board.

The pulltab and bingo games, long enjoyed by Minnesotans at area bars and restaurants, have taken on new importance since the state has promised that taxes from pulltabs and bingo will pay the state's $350 million share of the new Vikings stadium.

The figures were tallied before the recent arrival of electronic pulltab games, which will be the source of stadium funding. But they show that gambling is on the upswing in the state. Here's a look at the numbers from the report.

$1.06 billion

Gross charitable gambling receipts during the year ending June 30, 2012. It's the biggest number since 2009.

7.3 percent

The increase in gambling from the previous year.

$41.4 million

Taxes paid by charities.

91 percent

The amount of state gambling revenue from paper pulltab sales. Another 6 percent comes from bingo.

7

Number of new electronic pulltab games approved Friday.

JEAN HOPFENSPERGER

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