Lottery looking to end some games 06 Aug 15

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Lottery officials are working to suspend contracts with vendors in order to end online, gas pump and ATM games by the end of the month.

Lottery officials plan to stop selling lottery tickets at gas pumps and ATMs by August 29th and online by August 31st. Those dates come about a month before the deadline set by the Legislature to end the games.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports that it’s unclear how much it will cost to suspend vendor contracts. But lottery officials estimate the two primary vendors, Scientific Games and Linq3, are entitled to at least $12 million in damages.

Minnesota Lottery Director Ed Van Petten says he thinks the matter can be negotiated in “good faith,” but it still could trigger a lawsuit.