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Minnesota State Lottery
Address: 2645 Long Lake Road Roseville, Minnesota 55113
Internet: http://www.mnlottery.com/
Phone: (888) 568-8379
Fax: (651) 297-7496
Population: 5,266,214 (U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division)
Interim Executive Director: Michael Vekich
Year Lottery Founded: 1990
Sales FY 2015: $546,870,000
Sales Per Capita: $82
Number of Employees: 146
Number of Retailers - 3,044
Retailer Commission: 5.5% + 1% cashing bonus
On-line Vendor: GTECH
Number of terminals: 3,447
Instant Ticket Vendor Primary Contract: Pollard Banknote
Instant Ticket Secondary: Scientific Games and GTECH
Advertising Contract: Olson
Number of ITVMs: 10
Games Offered: Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Gopher 5, Northstar Cash, Daily 3, Drawing Show, Instant Tickets, Raffle.
Beneficiaries: Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund, General Fund, Compulsive Gambling Treatment Program


Background Information

Voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing a lottery for Minnesota in November 1988; the measure passed with 57 percent of the vote. Lottery legislation in 1989 created the Minnesota State Lottery. Ticket sales began April 17, 1990, with the instant game Match Three. Sales the first day were $5 million, with $15 million sold the first week.
After little more than two months of operation, the Lottery paid back its startup loan of $8.5 million.
The Minnesota State Lottery launched its first two draw games on April 14, 1990, Daily 3 and Lotto*Minnesota (the local name given to Lotto*America). The first Minnesota-only lotto game, Gopher 5, was introduced in May 1991.
Current draw games offered in Minnesota include Powerball, Mega Millions, Northstar Cash, Gopher 5, Hot Lotto Sizzler and Daily 3. Along with traditional scratch tickets, Print-N-Play games are available, the newest generation of progressive-jackpot instant games played through retail terminals.
The Lottery is no stranger to new games and concepts. In 1999, it offered Golden Ticket Games, a $10 pouch that merged two separate scratch games, and each pouch contained a guaranteed win of at least $3. G3 games, instant tickets playable through the retail terminals, debuted in 2003. And beginning in November 2010, players residing in Minnesota could purchase subscriptions for all of the Lottery’s draw games through the Internet.
The distribution of Lottery proceeds has changed over the years, but there has always been an emphasis on the environment and the state’s General Fund.
Currently, the General Fund receives 60 percent of proceeds while the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund receives 40 percent. Unique among American lotteries, each ticket sold is subject to a 6.5 percent “in-lieu-of-sales tax,” which is split between the Game and Fish Fund, the Natural Resources Fund and General Fund.
The Minnesota Lottery also helps fund the state’s Department of Human Services compulsive gambling program. The amount of the annual appropriation of Lottery revenues is determined by the legislature.

Public referendums:
November 8, 1988 - The Lottery constitutional amendment permitting a state lottery; passed 57%.
November 8, 1988 - To establish a Minnesota Environment/Natural Resources Trust Fund for the Environment/Natural Resources and wildlife purposes; passed 77%.
November 6, 1990 - Dedicated 40% of the state lottery proceeds to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund until the year 2001; passed 75%.
November 3, 1998 - To extend the Natural Resources Trust Fund to the year 2025; passed 77%.


News Archive For CY2017
April 26, 2017 Robert Doty Named New Minnesota Lottery Executive Director
February 14, 2017 Former Lottery Official’s Lawsuit Curtailed by Judge
January 27, 2017 Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, and Missouri Lotteries Achieve “Verified” Status under Responsible Gambling Best Practice
January 21, 2017 Minnesota Charitable Gambling Reaches New Heights in 2016
January 17, 2017 Periscope’s Latest for the Minnesota Lottery Takes a Different Tack
January 16, 2017 Proposed Amendment Might Stop Charitable Gambling Money from Leaving the State
January 11, 2017 Minnesota Charities call for Fairer Taxation, Say Its Time for a Change
January 6, 2017 Minnesota Official Reports Surge in Charitable Gambling


News Archive For CY2016
September 28, 2016 Minnesota Lottery Report Record Sales and Prize Distributions for FY2016
August 31, 2016 Minnesota Lottery Rallies Vikings Fans for an Epic Battle in Ad for Its New Scratch-Off
August 18, 2016 Pollard Banknote Wins Contract as Primary Scratch Game Supplier to the Minnesota State Lottery
July 26, 2016 Lottery Kicks Off New Minnesota Vikings Scratch Game
July 5, 2016 Minnesota’s Gambling and Bingo Laws to Take Effect Friday
June 6, 2016 Error in Bingo Hall Tax Break Wording Could Derail Minnesota’s $300M Tax Bill
May 16, 2016 Andrew Zimmern, Minnesota Lottery Stir Up New Potlucky Game
April 21, 2016 Local Agency Wins Minnesota Lottery Agency of Record
March 29, 2016 Fantasy Sports Bill Headed to House Vote
February 1, 2016 Minnesota Lottery Executive Director Appointed


News Archive For CY2015
October 6, 2015 Former Minnesota Lottery Executive Takes Legal Action to be Reinstated
September 23, 2015 Lottery Contributing to Great Causes in Minnesota
August 27, 2015 Lottery Sales Over the Internet to Cease Friday
August 6, 2015 As Other States Prepare to Offer Lottery Sales at the Gas Pump, Minnesota is Shutting the Player Convenience Down
July 23, 2015 Minnesota Lottery Announces Record Transfers to the State for FY15
July 17, 2015 Lottery on Track to Deliver Record Proceeds
July 1, 2015 Minnesota Lottery releases store information for six unclaimed big prizes
May 19, 2015 State Lottery Will Have to Prematurely end Contracts with Vendors, who may seek Millions in Compensatory Claims
May 6, 2015 Senate passes bill restricting expansion of State Lottery
May 6, 2015 Bill to Suspend Internet Based Lottery Tickets
February 19, 2015 Lottery Director Says He Has Authority to Expand Sales
February 18, 2015 House Committee Passes Bill Restricting State Lottery
February 18, 2015 Bill to Restrict Lottery Heads to House Floor
February 12, 2015 Powerball Roll Generates $9.6 Million for Minnesota
February 12, 2015 Lawmaker’s Proposed Restrictions on the Minnesota Lottery are Steaming Ahead
February 6, 2015 Governor Defends State Lottery


News Archive For CY2014
May 12, 2014 Online Lottery Bills Move to Conference Committee
April 23, 2014 Legislature takes aim at New Lottery Games
April 17, 2014 Celebrating 25 years of play
March 25, 2014 Lottery Debut into Online Game Play Deemed a Responsible Success
March 21, 2014 Bill to Limit Online Sales Advances in Senate
March 14, 2014 Fate of Online Lottery Bills Uncertain
February 14, 2014 Minnesota State Lottery selects QLot Consulting
January 24, 2014 All or Nothing’ Game Set To Debut In Minnesota And Iowa
October 21, 2014 Airport Looks to Expand Gambling Options for Travellers
January 6, 2014 Online Scratch Off Games is all about Convenience for the Lottery Player

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