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Dayton vetoes online gaming bill

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday vetoed a bill that sought to limit online lottery ticket sales.

The Minnesota State Lottery began selling online scratch-off-style games in February, but legislators questioned the authority of lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten to expand Internet gambling.

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A bill to prohibit the director of the state lottery from offering casino-style games and suspend the sale of lottery tickets through a website or self-service devices passed the House 126-2 and the Senate 56-5.

In a letter outlining his reasons for the veto, Dayton said state statute gives the state lottery director broad authority to set gaming rules and the office has the authority to respond to changes in technology and public preferences.

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