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Published March 01, 2013, 04:17 PM

Electronic Gambling Revenue Falls Short of Projections

Tax money from electronic gambling in bars is falling far short of the state's original projections. It is the primary funding source to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Tax money from electronic gambling in bars is falling far short of the state's original projections. It is the primary funding source to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

There are two main reasons - People like their pull tabs and many places don't have the electronic pull tab devices yet. State officials say only 130 sites were offering games as of February 1st, the initial projection of 900 sites by that time. A lot of that is due to a distribution issue in the state of the gambling devices. That has revenue off by about $15 million. Gaming Manager for the Blueline Club in East Grand Forks says she will not be putting the electronic gaming machine in her gaming places because pull tabs bring in the money. She says the soonest you may see electronic gambling in East Grand Forks would be six months.

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