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Minnesota Gaming Summary

Background

Minnesota has a state lottery, Class III tribal gaming, pari-mutuel wagering, and charitable gaming.

Lottery

Development: In November 1989, the legislature put a lottery amendment on ballot; the legislation dedicated half of revenue to environmental trust fund, half to Greater Minnesota Corp. Voters approved it. In 1990, the Minnesota Lottery began operations.

Beneficiaries: Minnesota Lottery revenues are directed towards the state's General Fund, the Game and Fish Fund, the Natural Resources Fund, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

 

For more information:

Minnesota Lottery

 

Lottery Revenue Data (Fiscal Year)

 

Year
Total Sales
Prize Liabilities
Prize %
Net Revenue
Net %
2003
351,816,604
--
0.00%
   
2004
386,918,771
225,528,718
58.29%
   
2005
408,010,418
241,294,337
59.14%
   
2006
449,710,663
267,796,895
59.55%
   
2007
422,611,713
250,119,473
59.18%
   
2008
461,522,825
279,635,321
60.59%
   
2009
481,245,133
295,041,024
61.31%
   
2010
498,968,721
305,315,741
61.19%
   
2011
504,436,409
310,859,575
61.63%
   
2012
520,086,990
320,608,737
61.65%
89,694,352
17.25%
2013
560,489,905
347,073,349
61.92%
98,521,591
17.58%

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Total sales reflects all money wagered on the lottery in the fiscal year in question. Prize liability is the total amount of prize money paid back to winners. Prize percentages are taken from the total revenues.

Minnesota Gaming Timeline

1945: Bingo legalized

1971: Bill to legalize pari-mutuel betting reaches floor of both houses for first time

1976: Bingo law amended to require local licensing, regulate use of profits

1978: Paddlewheels, tipboards, raffles legalized

1981: Pull-tabs legalized

1981: U.S. Court of Appeals says tribes may conduct bingo on Indian land without state regulation; bingo parlors appear on Indian reservations in Minnesota

1982: Legislature passes bill to put pari-mutuel betting amendment on the ballot; voters approve in November

1983: Legislature approves pari-mutuel enabling legislation and creates Minnesota Racing Commission

1985: Canterbury Downs opens in Shakopee for first season of racing

1987: Local governments allowed to tax charitable gambling

1988: In November, legislature puts lottery amendment on ballot; legislation dedicates half of revenue to environmental trust fund, half to Greater Minnesota Corp. Voters approve it.

1989: Legislature creates Department of Gaming with commissioner sitting on gambling and lottery boards and racing commission

1989: Lottery legislation enacted with lottery as division of Department of Gaming; lottery put under supervision of lottery director with advisory board

1989: State signs compacts with 7 tribes for video gambling

1990: Minnesota State Lottery begins sales in April; sales begin with instant tickets; on-line games added in August

1990: Legislature redirects lottery profits, reducing environmental trust fund to 40 percent, Greater Minnesota Corp. to 25 percent, and remainder to infrastructure

1990: State signs video compacts with 2 more tribes; Federal magistrate rules that state must negotiate compacts with tribes for blackjack, based on state’s “private social bet” exemption

1991: Department of Gaming abolished; racing commission, gambling board, lottery made independent

1991: Lottery profits reallocated again, with 60 percent of net proceeds dedicated to state general fund

1991: State signs video compacts with last 2 tribes, and compacts with 11 tribes for blackjack

1992: 14 tribal casinos operating on Indian land offering video gambling and blackjack

1993: Number of tribal casinos grows to 17

1993: Without simulcasting days approved, Canterbury Downs closes for the year

1994: Canterbury Downs operates as simulcasting-only facility

1995: Canterbury Downs, renamed Canterbury Park, reopens with live racing season of 51 days

2000: Card club opens at Canterbury Park


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