E-bingo designed to fund Vikings stadium hits technical glitch

  • Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 15, 2013 - 11:22 PM

Malfunctioning games have been sent back to the lab for testing.

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RossbergApr. 15, 1310:37 PM

As I recall each bingo card is to sell for 25 cents. Assuming the state gets 5.4% of that it means it would make 1.35 cents per card. So, how many cards would you have to sell at 1.35 cents to raise the needed $35 million per year? If my calculator is correct it would require sales of about 2.6 billion cards a year which would be 50 million cards a week or about 7 million per day. Based on that I think we should just gather up all the devices and donate them to the charities who actually seem to know what they're doing. If they're able to make a few bucks for their local hockey teams off them in the years to come then well, good for them. In the meantime the state should be working hard on an actual non-gambling related Plan B or C or D. Otherwise, forget about the stadium.

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jhb8426Apr. 15, 1310:42 PM

Hmmm, just another "minor setback". Where was the oversight in this? Time to rethink this whole fiasco.

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marketerApr. 15, 1310:54 PM

"Weak sales of electronic pulltabs, as well as questions about the origins of the sales projections used in creating the Vikings stadium funding formula, have prompted lawmakers to scramble to find other sources of funding for the Vikings stadium. The gambling control board did not discuss those issues Monday." ...........Just another stalling tactic so they can drag this out till the bonds are sold. What a corrupt mess this has become.

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rshacklefordApr. 15, 1311:26 PM

(article quote): "Weak sales of electronic pulltabs, as well as questions about the origins of the sales projections used in creating the Vikings stadium funding formula, have prompted lawmakers to scramble to find other sources of funding for the Vikings stadium. The gambling control board did not discuss those issues Monday." ---- And, those people will never discuss those issues. They do not care. The Minnesota peoples' Taxes Committee and Finance Committee seriously need to send Dayton a memo stating that the gambling revenue plan is a total failure. That all 5.3 million taxpayers will be forced to pay for Wilf's 10 game a year playpen if the project is not delayed until a proper funding source is located (aka the NFL!). That the taxpayers are not responsible for fulfilling Wilf's whiny needs. The Cubs are RENOVATING their stadium with ZERO taxpayer money.

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comment229Apr. 16, 13 4:52 AM

"The Minnesota peoples' Taxes Committee and Finance Committee seriously need to send Dayton a memo stating that the gambling revenue plan is a total failure" What good will that memo do? Dayton is an ink pen and that is all he is at the end of the process. Instead, why not insist the "committee" come up with a solution? I haven't heard one yet, other than "bingo" which is a fiasco. Put the blame, where it belongs.

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comment229Apr. 16, 13 4:56 AM

PS.... Stalling? That is all this is until we get so deep into this that we cannot turn it around. Stop the process RIGHT now while you can and if you get a plan we can live with, then fine, let's do it. But right now, we are building something that we don't have a clue how we are going to pay for, while a paid for stadium is going to be torn down. It's just wrong. We keep hearing about financial responsibility from BOTH political parties, but actions, speak louder than words. I think the state legislature is competing with the U.S. legislature for the lowest approval rating.

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elind56Apr. 16, 13 6:37 AM

"...we realized there were a couple changes we could make to enhance the player’s experience."-------------------------You mean like....HAVING THEM WORK!

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coomment1Apr. 16, 13 6:39 AM

A joke, and a bad one at that... The 'no free lunch' group strikes again!

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nomedsApr. 16, 13 6:49 AM

Has the stadium been place on hold until a viable funding solution is set up? If not, why not? Since the agreement was based upon faulty or fraudulent projections, the agreement is null and void; otherwise, if Wilf thinks he has a case, then he needs to proceed against those who provided the fraudulent projects and that would be those with the machines.

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bredpathApr. 16, 13 7:07 AM

We've got a stadium!! Yay!!

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