Pulltabs (without the paper) take off: $642,000 in first month

  • Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 16, 2012 - 11:39 PM

E-gambling is off to a strong start. Some of the tax money will eventually go to a new stadium.

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acctsah2Oct. 16, 12 1:56 PM

Ohhhhhhh......I thought that story was going to provide numbers on the amount of new revenue generated by pulltabs, not the number of machines installed. You could install a million machines, but that doesn't mean anything until people use them.

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PhunnyfarmOct. 16, 12 2:04 PM

Anyone know a bar in the Hopkins area that has these video pulltabs? I want to make my donation to the new stadium!

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johnbaranickOct. 16, 12 2:37 PM

So in these establishments, are the new padtabs in addition to the traditional paper pulls or instead of? Do the new padtabs show the number of "draws" and "winners" left in a batch (equivalent to looking at the box/board and seeing if the "odds" are good), or is it like scratch off lottos, where you have no idea?

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jimmyjames76Oct. 16, 12 2:54 PM

"I thought that story was going to provide numbers on the amount of new revenue generated by pulltabs, not the number of machines installed. You could install a million machines, but that doesn't mean anything until people use them."...It says they went from 5 to 40 bars in the last month, so they probably don't want to release meaningless revenue numbers from a time period while they're getting them installed, and getting the word out. I'm sure many people don't even realize they're in bars yet. I imagine all the negatives would have a field day complaining about not enough revenue coming from the 5 locations that existed last month.

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cylanthOct. 16, 12 2:59 PM

@acctsah2 How can you expect those numbers when they are just getting started, and many bars are still waiting to get them set up? Lots of people will use them, look at how many people play slot machines with the extremely low odds and having their money go to the tribes. With video pulltabs, at least the money is going towards the state and charities. Me and everybody I know are looking forward to at least trying them out.

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EleanoreOct. 16, 12 3:06 PM

The faster we privatize this new stadium, the faster this new income can go toward charitable interests, or schools, or transportation, or any number of things that the public sectory is actually authorized to spend on, unlike this corporate subsidy. YOU OWE ME MONEY VIKINGS.

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TylerRuthOct. 16, 12 3:56 PM

Played these at a bar in central MN. They are actually Ipads with the games loaded on them. Easy to use and a lot of fun. Glad to make my donation to the new stadium.

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myview40Oct. 16, 12 4:18 PM

I thought our legislators were totaly against using gambling money to fund anything in MN.

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erikj3Oct. 16, 12 5:13 PM

How long before the novelty wears off?

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acctsah2Oct. 16, 1210:27 PM

"From the $642,000 in game sales, all but $99,000 was returned to players as wins, Barrett said. And that money is divided between the site hosting the games, the charity, the games distributor and state taxes. But even the tax money doesn't go directly to the stadium. Under the law, only state tax dollars above and beyond the $37 million paid by charities in 2011 will subsidize football." --- Ummmmmmmmmm.....wait, what?? So the title of this story is now terribly misleading. Only $99,000 was left after winnings were paid out. And how long is it going to take before anything goes towards the stadium?

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