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Dayton declines to take stance on lotto changes

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Apr 2, 2014 at 2:11 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Governor Mark Dayton says he hasn't formed a position on a bill that would bar the Minnesota Lottery from selling tickets over the Internet.

Dayton said Wednesday that he will seek input from supporters and opponents as the bill progresses. Some powerful lawmakers are pushing for the ban. They say they believe the lottery has overstepped its authority by launching virtual games, such as instant-play scratch games. A bill has advanced in the state Senate to close off the avenue.

Dayton says the lottery was formed with a key mission of generating for Minnesota environment programs so it should be striving to bring in as much revenue as it can. He says he's not convinced lawmakers should step in. But he says he regards worries about Internet gambling as valid.

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