Lottery News

The Minnesota Lottery will today begin winding down its online sales in response to legislation outlawing iLottery products.

Minnesota was among the first US state lotteries to offer games online when it launched electronic instant win games in early 2014, immediately drawing criticism from state lawmakers who believed that the lottery should have sought legislative approval for the move.

An attempt to ban the state's iLottery products last year failed when Governor Mark Dayton exercised his veto to block legislation. However, in the face of widespread support for the bill among lawmakers in this year's session, Dayton allowed the bill to pass into law without his signature.

The bill requires the Minnesota Lottery to cease all iLottery sales by September 25th, 2015, but the lottery has said that it will wind down online operations early over the course of this weekend.

Beginning today (August 28th) the lottery will stop the sale of Mega Millions via play-at-pump, play-at-ATM and iLottery subscription, alongside subscriptions for Gopher 5.

On Saturday all remaining draw games will be withdrawn from online sale, including Hot Lotto and PowerBall, with the sale of all online scratchcards ending on Sunday.

The Minnesota Lottery said that although the newly enacted legislation only requires it to end online lottery sales, it is also withdrawing its lottery subscription service after failing to reach an agreement with its supplier to keep it running.

It is estimated that the iLottery shutdown could cost as much as $13.5m in claims for lost revenue from suppliers and negatively impact the state budget.