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Published June 17, 2013, 10:05 PM

Despite low use, Minnesota pushing for more e-gaming to fund Vikings stadium

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - Since Minnesota rolled out electronic gaming, the industry has fell flat on its face.

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - Since Minnesota rolled out electronic gaming, the industry has fell flat on its face.

A number of gambling managers say they're disappointed in the turnout over the last few months. But despite the setback, the state is pushing for more sites to offer the e-gaming.

Charities from all over the state are hitting the road. One of eight of their stops happened to be in Fergus Falls this evening where Allied Charities says it's all about learning.

Even after all the hype, only 244 locations in the entire state of Minnesota offer e-gaming. The executive director of Allied Charities told me, there's about as many reasons the program is failing as there are pull tabs.

Thing is the idea of electronic pull tabs funding a football stadium is the first of its kind in the nation. So the rules are still being written and a lot of vendors are wary.

Allen Lund, Allied Charities: “People haven't ever done it before. People are leery of what the work is, how much work is involved. The startup costs, will my people play it? Will the people that work for us, will they sell it?”

About half of the 1,200 charitable gambling operators are making their way around the state to spread the word.

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