Attached please find a Star Tribune article (July 13) on the Minnesota Lottery winner of $1 million through their new method of distribution by app. Also included is my letter to the editor in regards to this new method of distribution published on July 14.
The Gambling Control Board unveils its on line training curriculum tomorrow, Tuesday, July 17. The first offering will be on Sports Themed Tip Boards. Completion of the course will meet the annual continuing education requirement. Gambling Managers will no longer be required to travel to meet the annual education requirement. Here is the link to the GCB education page: https://mn.gov/gcb/continuing-education.html
At the monthly Gambling Control Board meeting today was a request by Pilot Games to continue the subsidy of 5% (20% instead of the 15% in statute) that electronic bingo manufacturers can charge charities if approved by the GCB. The original intent of the 5% was to provide additional funds to a manufacturer for start up costs related to offering e-bingo. This was the fifth year that Pilot Games has asked for the additional 5%. I was asked for my thoughts on the additional 5% and I asked for some fiscal justification of the continued subsidy. My final remark was that the board needed to decide if Pilot Games needed the money more than the charities do. Jon Weaver provided remarks for Pilot Games. After the discussion was completed the board voted unanimously to continue the subsidy for Pilot Games. Up until this year ACM has supported the additional 5%, but now is asking when a subsidy that was never intended to be permanent becomes permanent?