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Published March 18, 2013, 03:31 PM

Minnesota gambling board approves high-tech bingo

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Gambling Control Board has approved electronic bingo to help pay for the state's share of the Minnesota Vikings' new $975 million stadium.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Gambling Control Board has approved electronic bingo to help pay for the state's share of the Minnesota Vikings' new $975 million stadium.

The "linked bingo" games allow gamblers at different locations to play together, increasing the size of jackpots.

E-bingo comes months after the Legislature approved the first electronic pulltab machines, which are now in about 200 locations. So far pulltab revenue has fallen far short of initial projections.

Supporters claim adding e-bingo — with jackpots as high as $75,000 — will help boost interest for the games, both among charities that sponsor them and among players.

The board Monday approved the game as an addition to an existing electronic pulltab device. Minnesota Public Radio reports distributors hope for a statewide rollout of e-bingo starting April 1.

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