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Minnesota State Lottery
Address: 2645 Long Lake Road Roseville, Minnesota 55113
Phone: (888) 568-8379
Fax: (651) 297-7496
Population: 5,266,214
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division.
Executive Director: Edwin Van Petten
Year Lottery Founded: 1990
Sales FY 2001:
Sales FY 2002:
Sales FY 2003:
Sales FY 2004:
Sales FY 2005:
Sales FY 2006:
Sales FY 2007:
Sales FY 2008:
Sales FY 2009:
Sales FY 2010:
Sales FY 2011:
Sales FY 2012:
$366.1 million
$377.1 million
$351.8 million
$386.9 million
$408.5 million
$450.3 million
$422.6 million
$461.5 million
$481.2 million
$498.97 million
Sales Per Capita: $82
Number of Employees: 146
Number of Retailers - 3,000
Retailer Commission: 5.5% + 1% cashing bonus
On-line Vendor: GTECH
June 6, 2002 February 9, 2016
Number of terminals: 3,447
Instant Ticket Vendor Primary Contract: Pollard Banknote
May 14, 2010 May 16, 2014
Instant Ticket Secondary:
Scientific Games
June 1, 2010 May 31, 2014
December 1, 2011 May 31, 2014
Advertising Contract: Olson
April 1, 2010 May 31, 2013
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 2014
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

News 2013
October 29, 2013 Lottery’s Best Chance to Win $1 Million is Back
September 24, 2013 Minnesota State Lottery’s Big Cash Crossword Named as a Finalist for NASPL’S Best New Instant Game Award
July 28, 2013 Minnesota Lottery Posts Sixth Consecutive Year of Record Sales
June 7, 2013 Scratch Tickets are Foundation of Lottery’s Growing Sales
May 22, 2013 Minnesota Lottery Players Reap Winnings in Lead up to Powerball
April 9, 2013 Lottery Game Expansion May be Solution to Funding Project
March 24, 2013 Gambling Firms Over Estimated Pull-Tab Sales
March 25, 2013 Jackpot Run Generates Large Return for Minnesota
March 16, 2013 Shortfall in Revenue From Electronic Charitable Games
February 11, 2013 Senate Votes Edwin Van Petten to Lead the Minnesota State Lottery
January 14, 2013 Minnesota State Lottery Issues RFP for On-Line Gaming Services Consultant

News 2012
December 11, 2012 Governor Convenes Meeting to Discuss Lagging Electronic Charitable Gaming Revenues
November 28, 2012 Pay-At-Pump Option May Fuel Lottery Ticket Sales
November 29, 2012 VeriFone Initiates Play at the Pump Lottery Sales in Minnesota
September 18, 2012 Pull-Tab Gambling Approved By State Board
August 27, 2012 Council Proposes New Charitable Gambling Rules
August 17, 2012 Minnesota Lottery Sets Sales and Profit Records in Fiscal Year 2012
August 17, 2012 Minnesota Lottery Sets Sales Record for the 5th Consecutive Year
July 16, 2012 Gambling Control Board Grants First Electronic Pull-Tab License
July 7, 2012 Gambling Control Board Bans Sports-Themed Tipboards
July 5, 2012 Regulations Coming Soon For Expanded Gambling in Minnesota
June 5, 2012 Electronic Pull-Tabs Leap Into the Unknown For Minnesota, Charitable Groups
May 13, 2012 Governor Dayton To Sign Vikings Stadium Bill On Monday
May 8, 2012 Pull-Tab Rule Would Shut Out Charity Organizations
April 22, 2012 Charitable Gambling Deserves the Break
April 6, 2012 March Saw Record Lottery Sales Recover Shutdown Losses
April 1, 2012 Electronic Pull-Tab Deal Reached For Vikings Stadium
March 31, 2012 Minnesota Benefits From Record Mega Millions® Jackpot
March 28, 2012 Minnesota State Lottery's Hometown Pitch
March 23, 2012 Minnesota Senate Approves Shutdown Continuation Bill
(March 2, 2012 Electronic Pull-Tab Gaming Proposed in Minnesota
February 28, 2012 Governor Names Edwin Van Petten Executive Director of Minnesota Lottery
February 27, 2012 Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance and Minnesota State Lottery Recognize 2012 National Problem Gambling Awareness Week
February 2, 2012 Minnesota Powerball Sales Up About 20 Percent Since Switch To $2 Ticket
February 1, 2012 For the First Time in Its History, the Minnesota State Lottery Surpassed $500 Million in Sales
January 31, 2012 Legislative Group Settles on Pull-Tabs to Fund Stadium Project

News 2011
December 20, 2011 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle Sold-Out
December 9, 2011 Senator Proposes Bars and Restaurants Sell Lottery Tickets via Electronic Devices
November 7, 2011 State Revenues from Proposed Electronic Pull Tabs a Gamble
November 6, 2011 Newspaper Poll Finds Gambling is the Top Funding Choice for Stadium Supporters
November 1, 2011 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle Is Back; Offers Lottery’s Best Odds to Win $1 Million
Sept 16, 2011 Minnesota Lottery Has Record Sales, Topping $500 Million
Sept 14, 2011 Lottery Sales a Record in Fiscal Year 2011
August 24, 2011 Minnesota Lottery Launches First-Ever Wheel of Fortune Scratch Game and Second-Chance Promotion
August 23, 2011 Widlife Winning$: Love of the Outdoors Meets Great Prizes!
August 15, 2011 Disruption to Lottery Ticket Sales Evident in States Receipts
August 11, 2011 Powerball® Jackpot Ticket Sold in Minnesota
August 4, 2011 Governor Dayton Names Jenny Canfield as Acting Executive Director for Minnesota State Lottery
July 27, 2011 Minnesota Lottery Has Record Year
July 20, 2011 The Minnesota State Lottery to Begin Selling Tickets Thursday
July 16, 2011 Lottery Should Return This Week
July 7, 2011 Minnesota Government Shutdown Spurs Iowa Lottery’s Border Sales
July 4, 2011 Shutdown to Cost $2.3 Million in Lottery Sales
June 28, 2011 State Shutdown Could Cost Lottery Players
May 4, 2011 State’s Gambling Industry Worth in Excess of $3 billion
April 26, 2011 Expanded Gambling Bill Encounters Stiff Opposition
March 28, 2011 Minnesota Benefits From Mega Millions Jackpot Run; $1.9 Million Transferred To State
March 25, 2011 Expanded Gambling in Minnesota
March 17, 2011 House Committee Approves Change to Lottery Funds Law
February 12, 2011 Lawmakers Look to Proposals Aimed at Expanding Gambling
February 9, 2011 State Lottery Hits Jackpot with Vikes Deal
January 21, 2011 Legislation Would Prevent the Use of Welfare Debit Cards to Buy Lottery Tickets

News 2010
October 29, 2010 Minnesota Millionaire Raffle Game Returns, Bringing Back Best Chance to Win $1 Million
September 15, 2010 Vikings’ Lottery Tickets Score Big Time
August 20, 2010 Lottery Sales Up in Minnesota
July 29, 2010 State’s Charitable Gambling Receipts Decline
July 27 2010 Olson & Twist Director Grady Cooper "Embrace Silly" for Minnesota State Lottery
July 19, 2010 Lottery Unveils Vikings Scratch-Off Game
July 15, 2010 Governor Appoints Three New Members To Gambling Control Board

Vikings Scratch-Off Ready To Be Unveiled
MINNESOTA, USA (July 17, 2010) - The Vikings and Minnesota State Lottery are pairing up to unveil a scratch-off game with a Vikings theme.........Subscribers

Pollard Banknote Awarded Primary Instant Ticket Contract With The Minnesota State Lottery
YPSILANTI, Michigan (May 22, 2010) -Following a recent competitive procurement, Pollard Banknote has been named the primary supplier of instant lottery tickets and related services to the Minnesota State Lottery....................Subscribers

House Division Approves Revenues From A Sports-Themed Lottery Game to Help Fund New Football Stadium
ST PAUL, MINNESOTA (May 6, 2010) - Tax increases are out and bonding is in as a funding source for potential new football stadium to house the Minnesota Vikings.............Subscribers

Minnesota Lawmakers Propose Sports-Themed Scratch-Off Game to Help Finance New Stadium to Replace Metrodome
MINNESOTA, USA (May 3, 2010) -- Minnesota lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill to replace the Metrodome with a $791 million multipurpose stadium..................Subscribers

Minneapolis-Based Agency Olson Awarded Lottery’s Advertising Account
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (April 5, 2010) - The Minnesota State Lottery chose Minneapolis-based advertising agency Olson to provide advertising services to the Lottery for the next three years. The contract was effective on April 1, 2010 and will continue through March 31, 2013, with three one-year extensions available. Olson was the unanimous choice of a six-member internal selection committee........................Subscribers

Minnesota Set a New Record in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, with Lottery Sales of $481.2 Million
MELROSE, Minnesota (March 5, 2010) – The Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Report was recently released by the Minnesota State Lottery. The newspaper said Lottery sales in Minnesota set a new record in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, with sales of $481.2 million........................Subscribers

Minnesota State Lottery Picks Minneapolis Ad Firm Olson Over Colle + McVoy
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (March 3, 2010) – Minneapolis ad agency Olson has been picked as winner of the $7 million Minnesota State Lottery account – beating incumbent Minneapolis agency Colle + McVoy..................Subscribers

Gubernatorial Candidate Calls For Gambling Expansion
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (February 14, 2010) -- reports that a candidate for governor is calling for an expansion of gambling in the state..........................Subscribers

Governor Says New Lottery Game Could Pay For Stadium
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (February 3, 2010) - Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty floated some ideas Wednesday that could be used to "cobble together a package" to publicly finance a new Vikings stadium -- the first time he has done so...................Subscribers

State Lottery Sees Only Slight Sales Dip During Economic Downturn
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (January 21, 2010) -- Minnesota Public Radio reports that despite the troubled economy and rising unemployment, the state lottery had a pretty good year in 2009..............Subscribers

Colle+McVoy Scratch Game Campaign Makes Everyday Life More Fun
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (January 14, 2010) – Minnesota State Lottery scratch games provide welcome fun from the grind of the rat, er hamster, race, according to a new campaign by Colle+McVoy........................Subscribers

Lottery Sets Entry Ad Review Deadline
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (January 13, 2010) – Local media source reported today that marketing agencies had until Tuesday to make a pitch for the Minnesota State Lottery advertising account, which has been handled for the last five years by Minneapolis firm Colle + McVoy................Subscribers

Lottery Celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2010
Offers special promotion where one lucky player could win $1 million!
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (January 8, 2010) - 2010 marks the Minnesota State Lottery’s 20th year of operation. To celebrate this milestone, the Lottery is offering a special second-chance promotion along with events held around the state to thank the millions of Minnesotans who have purchased Lottery tickets over the past 20 years.......................Subscribers

Minnesota Lottery Reports Wrong Winning Numbers
MINNESOTA (January 5, 2010) -- There was a glitch in the Minnesota State Lottery's system on Saturday night with the Daily-3 game......................Subscribers

Lottery News 2009

Sold Out
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (December 23, 2009) - Minnesota Millionaire Raffle tickets sold out today at 2:55 p.m. — just 51 days after ticket sales began on Nov. 3. This is the earliest the tickets have sold out in the four years the game has been offered.....................Subscribers

Minnesota Millionaire Raffle Tickets Selling Fast
Approximately 40 Percent of Raffle Tickets Remain
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (December 15, 2009) -  Tickets for the Lottery’s most anticipated holiday game, the Minnesota Millionaire Raffle, are on sale now — but not for long. Minnesotans have until Dec. 31, or until all 500,000 Raffle tickets sell out (whichever comes first), to get in on the fun.....................Subscribers

Colle+McVoy Surprises Real People With Pop-Up Raffle
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (December 2, 2009) – A new campaign by Colle+McVoy for the Minnesota State Lottery (MSL) brings the real excitement of playing a raffle game to life....................Subscribers

The Minnesota Millionaire Raffle Game Is Back!
Still the best odds to win $1 million; New this year: Bonus Prizes
MINNESOTA, USA (November 3, 2009) - Tickets for this year’s Minnesota Millionaire Raffle are now on sale. Minnesota State Lottery players have until Dec. 31, or until all 500,000 Raffle tickets sell out, to have the chance to start 2010 with a $1 million win! The Raffle game has sold out early every time it has been offered...................Subscribers

Minnesota Lottery Sales Set Record in FY09
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (October 2, 2009) -- The Minnesota Lottery had a record year in FY2009, selling $481 million worth of lottery tickets at a time when lottery revenues in most other states decreased.....................Subscribers

Lottery Sales Set Record in Fiscal Year 2009
ROSEVILLE, Minnesota (August 20, 2009) -- For the second consecutive year, Minnesota State Lottery ticket sales set a new record. Sales reached $481.2 million in fiscal year 2009 (July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009), an increase of $19.7 million, or 4.3 percent, from 2008.................Subscribers

Minnesota State Lottery achieves NSI verification for XML Retail Accounting Report
ROSEVILLE, Minnesota (August 27, 2009) -- Effective August 17, 2009, the Minnesota State Lottery became the second NASPL member to achieve verification for the NASPL Standards Initiative.......................Subscribers

Minnesota Lottery Sales Hit Record
ROSEVILLE, Minnesota (August 20, 2009) – According to local media reports the Minnesota State Lottery says it's set a new record for ticket sales in a fiscal year...................Subscribers

Vikings Considering a Partnership With Minnesota State Lottery
ST PAUL, Minnesota (May 24, 2009) – Local news sources report the Vikings are among the NFL teams considering a partnership with their state lottery after league owners passed a resolution last week enabling teams to sign licensing deals with state-sponsored lotteries.......................Subscribers

State Lottery Continues Sting Operations
MINNESOTA, USA (April 9, 2009) -- Gas stations and retailers throughout the state received a letter from the Minnesota State Lottery, warning management and store clerks about new program meant to catch dishonest employees-- called the "Retailer Compliance Program"...................Subscribers

GTECH Signs Three-Year Extension With Minnesota State Lottery To Provide Additional Self-Service Products, Multimedia Technology
ROME (Italy), PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (US) (March 30, 2009) - GTECH Corporation announced that it has signed a three-year contract extension to continue providing online lottery technology, as well as additional self-service and multimedia products, for the Minnesota State Lottery.................Subscribers

Several Minnesota Store Clerks Caught-Out in Lottery Sting
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (March 28, 2009) -- Minnesota Lottery officials have been reported as saying a sting caught a handful of store clerks lying about whether a lottery ticket was a winner so they could collect the jackpot themselves.................Subscribers

Record Sales for Minnesota Lottery in 2008
Minnesota (February 25, 2009) -- The Minnesota State Lottery set a record high by reporting $462 million in fiscal year 2008..................Subscribers

Pollard Banknote Awarded Instant Ticket Extension With The Minnesota State Lottery
YPSILANTI, Michigan (January 29, 2009) -- Pollard Banknote has been awarded a one-year contract extension to supply instant lottery tickets and related services to the Minnesota State Lottery (“Minnesota Lottery”).............Subscribers


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