In tough times, Minnesota lottery has record sales, topping $500M

  • Article by: ALLIE SHAH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 16, 2011 - 10:45 AM

The state's general fund received $67.3 million from the lottery, while funds for the environment, natural resources and game and fish collected $54.6 million.

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george13Sep. 15, 11 8:01 AM

What a waiste of mony. That should have been gien to the poor and underpriviliged.

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bigbirdbrunoSep. 15, 11 8:02 AM

Despite accepting the long odds of winning anything substantial, where else can one dream of future financially secured plans for myself, and friends and family for $1 a throw? Yes, it means that I may not spend that same dollar eating out, seeing a movie, or attending an (over priced) professional sports event, but do any of those choices offer ANY chance for such significant long term benefit? For me, it allows me to dream about what I could postively change for myself and the other people in my life - unlike the quickly fading dream that somehow my past hard work and financial diligence will ever allow such a result. For those smug folks who feel 'they have done it right, and would never waste money like that', I'm sure you also fall into the categorey of folks who just happened to fall on 'lucky side' of this economic catastrophe - lucky most likely less a result your hard work or diligence than your willingness to run roughshod over your friends and neighbors in your quest for personal financial security without any concern for the common good.

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bigbirdbrunoSep. 15, 11 8:03 AM

Despite accepting the long odds of winning anything substantial, where else can one dream of future financially secured plans for myself, and friends and family for $1 a throw? Yes, it means that I may not spend that same dollar eating out, seeing a movie, or attending an (over priced) professional sports event, but do any of those choices offer ANY chance for such significant long term benefit? For me, it allows me to dream about what I could postively change for myself and the other people in my life - unlike the quickly fading dream that somehow my past hard work and financial diligence will ever allow such a result. For those smug folks who feel 'they have done it right, and would never waste money like that', I'm sure you also fall into the categorey of folks who just happened to fall on 'lucky side' of this economic catastrophe - lucky most likely less a result your hard work or diligence than your willingness to run roughshod over your friends and neighbors in your quest for personal financial security without any concern for the common good.

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jimcrackcornSep. 15, 11 8:50 AM

The State of Oregon brings in over $! billion in lottery revenue yearly.......video poker!!!!Money for schools?? Viking Stadium??? etc etc

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tietacSep. 15, 11 8:59 AM

Tell me why gambling is a legiemate function of government and illegal to its citizens.

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ivanbroSep. 15, 11 9:06 AM

Yah, A lottery is a tax on fools.

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Mister_ESep. 15, 11 9:08 AM

Fools don't need a lottery to be taxing.

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ramstrom24Sep. 15, 11 9:29 AM

So lawmakers - tell me again why Racino didn't pass?

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cguertinSep. 15, 11 9:31 AM

If we can spend $500 million PER YEAR on the lottery, we can spend $500 million ONCE on a new Vikings stadium. Period.

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frnctrSep. 15, 11 9:39 AM

Even more reason to legalize gambling and open a state run casino. Just make sure to have actual Roulette and Craps games. No more video garbage.

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