Dayton: Lottery Needs Time to End Online Games
ST. PAUL (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says it would be "pointless" for him to veto a bill stripping the Minnesota Lottery's ability to sell tickets online if the Legislature votes convincingly for the restriction.
Dayton told The Associated Press on Monday that he hopes lawmakers at least give the lottery adequate time to end its Internet games and minimize breached contracts. The Senate voted overwhelmingly last week for an immediate online lottery prohibition. A House vote could come soon.
Dayton says he has asked House Speaker Paul Thissen to build in a wind-down period. The Democratic governor didn't commit to signing the bill, but said a lopsided vote would make a veto futile. He could also let it become law without his signature.
Lottery players can buy draw game or instant-play tickets online.