Jackpot: Once-dismal electronic pulltabs are a hit

Once written off as a flop, electronic pulltabs are booming in Minnesota.

Minnesotans are buying more than $35 million in e-pulltabs every month, more than was sold in all of 2015. State regulators say they’re on track to sell more than $325 million this year.

It’s a drastic change for a game that failed to raise a single cent for the state when it first launched. Lawmakers created e-pulltabs in 2012 as a novel way to fund the $1.1 billion Minnesota Vikings stadium.

But sales lagged in the initial years. Regulators and industry experts fault a combination of poor games to start and ill will toward the publicly financed stadium for their slow rollout.

The state collected a record $63 million in gambling tax revenues last year.

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