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Continued: MSP poised to sell lottery tickets on iPads at airport gates

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 19, 2014 - 9:40 PM

“There has been nothing that we’ve seen since OTG has been involved with the airport that would raise any concern with me,” said Rehkamp, the commissioner who sought the delay on the proposal.

Van Petten, the lottery director, said he wasn’t aware of the legal problems of Blatstein and has had no contact with him. Van Petten said if the lottery’s technology contractor and OTG reach an agreement, “we will review it at that time and determine if a background investigation is warranted.”

Competitive concerns

Rehkamp and Airports Commissioner Don Monaco said they favored delaying action on an airport staff recommendation to allow the iPad lottery games after concerns were raised by Jana Vaughn, who runs the Airport Foundation at Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The nonprofit is expected to sell $24,000 this year in electronic pulltabs to raise revenue for the Vikings stadium. But it also sells paper lottery tickets and paper pulltabs at vending machines and an airport booth to raise money to help pay for travelers assistance, artwork and cultural activities at the airport. It spent $494,741 on such activities last year.

“This new electronic initiative that the lottery was launching might have some negative impact on revenues,” Vaughn said.

But airport spokesman Hogan says he doesn’t see it.

“At the lottery booth in the mall that’s operated by the foundation, the bulk of the people buying tickets there seem to be employees of the airport rather than travelers,” Hogan said.

 

Pat Doyle • 612-673-4504

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