Posted at: 09/18/2012 5:48 PM
Updated at: 09/18/2012 5:49 PM
By: Brittany Lewis
State Gives Final OK to Electronic Pull Tabs
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Minnesota Gambling Control Board approved Electronic pull tabs today. And the distributor of the pull tabs, Express games, says Rochester will be getting them soon.
While it might look like these ladies are simply playing on an iPad, they are actually playing on the newest member of the Minnesota Gambling family-Electronic pull tabs.
"I would rather be one of the first ones, I wanna be part of the motivation to get other people doing it, and I think it's gonna end up being something in every bar, I might as well be one of the first and one of the last."
Users pay the bartender money, get a pin number, and then with a touch of a few buttons, they're on their way to cashing in some pull tab money.
"Well I think for the convenience and you know everything with social media now everything being electric and you can do everything on your phone, I just think it'd be very easy for people to use," said Cody Link.
Five games have been approved so far. And while users could profit by playing those games, they are also helping to fund the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, which is expected to cost nearly a billion dollars.
"If it goes to like I said, the greater good," said Derek Wodziak.
He owns Broadway Pizza. Currently money from their paper pull tabs benefit the Rochester Youth Hockey Association. And he says he would be interested in putting in the electronic ones-once he knows where all the money will go.
"We don't know a whole lot of where the money is going and as long as the money goes to benefit the greater good rather than a select few, I'm all in," he says.
But with more games coming soon, supporters of the electronic pull tabs hope charities like the Rochester Youth Hockey Association will benefit too.
The American Legion in Rochester is also interested. They want to wait a few weeks, to see how well the electronic pull tabs work, before getting their own.