CHAPTER 349A. STATE LOTTERY
Subdivision 1. Terms defined.
For the purposes of this chapter the terms defined in this
section have the meanings given them.
Subd. 2.[Repealed, 1995 c 254 art 1 s 97
Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1991 c 233 s 110
Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1991 c 233 s 110
Subd. 5. Director.
"Director" is the director of the State Lottery.
Subd. 6.[Repealed, 1991 c 233 s 110
Subd. 7. Gross receipts.
"Gross receipts" means all money received from the sale of lottery
tickets less amounts transmitted to the commissioner of revenue under section
Subd. 8. Gross revenue.
"Gross revenue" means gross receipts from the sale of lottery
tickets, fees, or other money received by the director, and interest earned on money in the lottery
Subd. 9. Lottery.
"Lottery" is the State Lottery.
Subd. 10. Lottery procurement contract.
"Lottery procurement contract" means a contract
to provide lottery products, computer hardware and software used to monitor sales of lottery
tickets, and lottery tickets. "Lottery procurement contract" does not include a contract to provide
an annuity or prize payment agreement or materials, supplies, equipment, or services common
to the ordinary operation of a state agency.
Subd. 11. Lottery retailer.
"Lottery retailer" means a person with whom the director has
contracted to sell lottery tickets to the public.
Subd. 12. Lottery ticket or ticket.
"Lottery ticket" or "ticket" means any tangible evidence
issued by the lottery to prove participation in a lottery game.
Subd. 13. Lottery vendor or vendor.
"Lottery vendor" or "vendor" means a person who has
entered into a contract to provide equipment, supplies, or services for the lottery. A lottery vendor
does not include a lottery retailer.
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 1; 1991 c 233 s 102,103,109; 2000 c 418 art 1 s 44
349A.02 STATE LOTTERY.
Subdivision 1. Director.
A State Lottery is established under the supervision and control of
a director. The director of the State Lottery shall be appointed by the governor with the advice
and consent of the senate. The director serves in the unclassified service at the pleasure of the
governor. The annual salary rate authorized for the director is equal to 95 percent of the salary rate
prescribed for the governor.
Subd. 2.[Repealed, 2004 c 233 s 7
Subd. 3. Powers and duties.
In operating the lottery the director shall exercise the following
powers and duties:
(1) adopt rules and game procedures;
(2) issue lottery retailer contracts and rule on appeals of decisions relating to those contracts;
(3) enter into lottery procurement contracts for the provision of goods and services to the
(4) employ personnel as are required to operate the lottery;
(5) enter into written agreements with one or more government-authorized lotteries, or
with an organization created and controlled by those lotteries, for the operation, marketing, and
promotion of a joint lottery;
(6) adopt and publish advertising and promotional materials consistent with section
(7) take all necessary steps to ensure the integrity of, and public confidence in, the State
Subd. 4. Employees.
The director may appoint other personnel as necessary to operate
the State Lottery in accordance with chapter 43A. At least one position in the lottery must be
an attorney position and the director shall employ in that position an attorney to perform legal
services for the lottery.
Subd. 5. Incentive plan.
Subject to the provisions of section
43A.18, subdivision 1
director may develop and implement a plan for making incentive payments to employees of the
lottery whose primary responsibilities are in marketing.
Subd. 6. Employees; background checks.
The director shall conduct background checks, or
request the director of alcohol and gambling enforcement to conduct background checks, on all
prospective employees who are finalists, and shall require that all employees of the lottery be
fingerprinted. No person may be employed by the lottery who has been convicted of a felony
or a crime involving fraud or misrepresentation within five years of starting employment with
the lottery, or has ever been convicted of a gambling-related offense. The director has access to
all criminal history data compiled by the Division of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement on
employees and prospective employees of the lottery. The director may employ necessary persons
pending the completion of a background check.
Subd. 7. Assistance.
(a) The director may request any other department or agency of the
state, including the Division of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement, to provide reasonable
assistance to the director in carrying out the director's duties. All provision of services to the
director from another state agency, must be by agreement made between the director and the
agency. An agreement must include provisions specifying the duration of the services, the
assignment of personnel of other agencies to provide the services, the determination of the cost
of the services, and the transfer, from the lottery operations account to the agency, of funds
sufficient to pay the costs of the services.
(b) The director may enter into agreements with the commissioner of finance for the purpose
of making payroll and other financial transactions.
Subd. 8.[Repealed, 1995 c 254 art 1 s 97
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 2; 1990 c 590 art 1 s 49; 1991 c 233 s 104,109; 1991 c 238 art 1
s 15; 1991 c 336 art 2 s 35; 1992 c 567 art 3 s 5; 1993 c 146 art 3 s 8; 1995 c 254 art 1 s 79; 1996
c 305 art 1 s 74; 1997 c 129 art 2 s 15; 2Sp1997 c 3 s 15; 2000 c 501 s 6; 2004 c 233 s 2
349A.04 LOTTERY GAME PROCEDURES.
The director may adopt game procedures governing the following elements of the lottery:
(1) lottery games;
(2) ticket prices;
(3) number and size of prizes;
(4) methods of selecting winning tickets; and
(5) frequency and method of drawings.
The adoption of lottery game procedures is not subject to chapter 14.
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 4; 1995 c 254 art 1 s 81
The director may adopt rules under chapter 14 governing the following elements of the
(1) the number and types of lottery retailers' locations;
(2) qualifications of lottery retailers and application procedures for lottery retailer contracts;
(3) investigation of lottery retailer applicants;
(4) appeal procedures for denial, suspension, or cancellation of lottery retailer contracts;
(5) compensation of lottery retailers;
(6) accounting for and deposit of lottery revenues by lottery retailers;
(7) procedures for issuing lottery procurement contracts and for the investigation of bidders
on those contracts;
(8) payment of prizes;
(9) procedures needed to ensure the integrity and security of the lottery; and
(10) other rules the director considers necessary for the efficient operation and administration
of the lottery.
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 5; 1995 c 233 art 2 s 56; 1995 c 254 art 1 s 82
349A.06 LOTTERY RETAILERS.
Subdivision 1. Contracts.
The director shall sell tickets for the lottery through lottery
retailers with whom the director contracts. Contracts under this section are not subject to the
provisions of sections
, and are valid for a
period of one year. The director may permit a retailer to sell tickets at more than one business
location under a contract entered into under this section.
Subd. 1a. Sales at airport.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission shall permit the sale of
lottery tickets at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in at least each concourse of the
Lindbergh terminal, or at other locations mutually agreed to by the director and the commission.
The director shall issue a contract to a nonprofit organization to operate an independent kiosk
to sell lottery tickets at the airport.
Subd. 2. Qualifications.
(a) The director may not contract with a retailer who:
(1) is under the age of 18;
(2) is in business solely as a seller of lottery tickets;
(3) owes $500 or more in delinquent taxes as defined in section
(4) has been convicted within the previous five years of a felony or gross misdemeanor, any
crime involving fraud or misrepresentation, or a gambling-related offense;
(5) is a member of the immediate family, residing in the same household, as the director or
any employee of the lottery;
(6) in the director's judgment does not have the financial stability or responsibility to act as a
lottery retailer, or whose contracting as a lottery retailer would adversely affect the public health,
welfare, and safety, or endanger the security and integrity of the lottery; or
(7) is a currency exchange, as defined in section
A contract entered into before August 1, 1990, which violates clause (7) may continue in
effect until its expiration but may not be renewed.
(b) An organization, firm, partnership, or corporation that has a stockholder who owns
more than five percent of the business or the stock of the corporation, an officer, or director,
that does not meet the requirements of paragraph (a), clause (4), is not eligible to be a lottery
retailer under this section.
(c) The restrictions under paragraph (a), clause (4), do not apply to an organization,
partnership, or corporation if the director determines that the organization, partnership, or firm
has terminated its relationship with the individual whose actions directly contributed to the
disqualification under this subdivision.
Subd. 3. Bond.
The director may require that a lottery retailer post a bond, securities, or
an irrevocable letter of credit, in an amount as the director deems necessary, to protect the
financial interests of the state. If securities are deposited or an irrevocable letter of credit filed,
the securities or letter of credit must be of a type or in the form provided under section
, paragraphs (b) and (c).
Subd. 4. Criminal history.
The director may request the director of alcohol and gambling
enforcement to investigate all applicants for lottery retailer contracts to determine their compliance
with the requirements of subdivision 2. The director may issue a temporary contract, valid for
not more than 90 days, to an applicant pending the completion of the investigation or a final
determination of qualifications under this section. The director has access to all criminal history
data compiled by the director of alcohol and gambling enforcement on any person (1) holding
or applying for a retailer contract, (2) any person holding a lottery vendor contract or who has
submitted a bid on such a contract, and (3) any person applying for employment with the lottery.
Subd. 5. Restrictions on lottery retailers.
(a) A lottery retailer may sell lottery tickets
only on the premises described in the contract.
(b) A lottery retailer must prominently display a certificate issued by the director on the
premises where lottery tickets will be sold.
(c) A lottery retailer must keep a complete set of books of account, correspondence, and all
other records necessary to show fully the retailer's lottery transactions, and make them available
for inspection by employees of the lottery at all times during business hours. The director may
require a lottery retailer to furnish information as the director deems necessary to carry out the
purposes of this chapter, and may require an audit to be made of the books of account and records.
The director may select an auditor to perform the audit and may require the retailer to pay the cost
of the audit. The auditor has the same right of access to the books of account, correspondence, and
other records as is given to employees of the lottery.
(d) A contract issued under this section may not be transferred or assigned.
(e) The director shall require that lottery tickets may be sold by retailers only for cash.
(f) A lottery retailer must prominently post at the point of sale of lottery tickets, in a manner
approved by the commissioner of human services, the toll-free telephone number established
by the commissioner of human services in connection with the compulsive gambling program
established under section
Subd. 6. Retention by retailers.
The director may by rule provide for:
(1) amounts which a lottery retailer may retain from gross receipts from the sale of lottery
tickets in order to pay prizes to holders of winning tickets; and
(2) amounts which a lottery retailer may retain from gross receipts from the sale of lottery
tickets as a commission.
Subd. 7. Retailer rental payments.
If a lottery retailer's rental payments for the business
premises are contractually computed, in whole or in part, on the basis of a percentage of retail
sales, and the computation of retail sales is not explicitly defined to include the sale of lottery
tickets, the compensation retained by the sales agent for the sale of lottery tickets shall be
considered the amount of the retail sale for purposes of computing the rental payments.
Subd. 8. Proceeds of sales.
All proceeds from the sale of lottery tickets received by a lottery
retailer constitute a trust fund until paid to the director. The lottery retailer is personally liable
for all proceeds.
Subd. 9. Fee.
The director may charge a nonrefundable application fee to a person applying
for a lottery retailer contract, in an amount sufficient to cover the costs of making the investigation
required under subdivision 4. The fee collected under this subdivision must be deposited in
the lottery fund.
Subd. 10. Local licenses.
No political subdivision may require a local license to operate as a
lottery retailer or impose a tax or fee on the business of operating as a lottery retailer.
Subd. 11. Cancellation, suspension, and refusal to renew contracts or locations.
director shall cancel the contract of any lottery retailer or prohibit a lottery retailer from selling
lottery tickets at a business location who:
(1) has been convicted of a felony or gross misdemeanor;
(2) has committed fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit;
(3) has provided false or misleading information to the lottery; or
(4) has acted in a manner prejudicial to public confidence in the integrity of the lottery.
(b) The director may cancel, suspend, or refuse to renew the contract of any lottery retailer or
prohibit a lottery retailer from selling lottery tickets at a business location who:
(1) changes business location;
(2) fails to account for lottery tickets received or the proceeds from tickets sold;
(3) fails to remit funds to the director in accordance with the director's rules;
(4) violates a law or a rule or order of the director;
(5) fails to comply with any of the terms in the lottery retailer's contract;
(6) fails to file a bond, securities, or a letter of credit as required under subdivision 3;
(7) in the opinion of the director fails to maintain a sufficient sales volume to justify
continuation as a lottery retailer; or
(8) has violated section
340A.503, subdivision 2
, clause (1), two or more times within a
(c) The director may also cancel, suspend, or refuse to renew a lottery retailer's contract or
prohibit a lottery retailer from selling lottery tickets at a business location if there is a material
change in any of the factors considered by the director under subdivision 2.
(d) A contract cancellation, suspension, refusal to renew, or prohibiting a lottery retailer from
selling lottery tickets at a business location under this subdivision is a contested case under
and is in addition to any criminal penalties provided for a violation
of law or rule.
(e) The director may temporarily suspend a contract or temporarily prohibit a lottery retailer
from selling lottery tickets at a business location without notice for any of the reasons specified
in this subdivision provided that a hearing is conducted within seven days after a request for a
hearing is made by a lottery retailer. Within 20 days after receiving the administrative law judge's
report, the director shall issue an order vacating the temporary suspension or prohibition or
making any other appropriate order. If no hearing is requested within 30 days of the temporary
suspension or prohibition taking effect, the suspension or prohibition becomes permanent unless
the director vacates or modifies the order.
Subd. 12. Retailer bonus.
The director may adopt a plan whereby eligible lottery retailers
will receive a bonus payment, in addition to commissions or incentives earned for the sale of
lottery tickets, if total lottery sales for a fiscal year increase when compared to the total lottery
sales for the previous fiscal year. The bonus payment shall be no more than ten percent of any
increase in total lottery sale, which shall be paid to active lottery retailers at the end of a fiscal
year on the basis of each lottery retailer's market share.
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 6; 1990 c 590 art 1 s 50,51; 1991 c 233 s 109; 1991 c 336 art 2
s 36-38; 1994 c 633 art 6 s 1; 1995 c 254 art 1 s 83; 1996 c 288 s 1-3; 1997 c 129 art 2 s 15;
1998 c 366 s 70; 1998 c 386 art 2 s 83; 2005 c 151 art 2 s 17
349A.07 VENDOR CONTRACTS.
Subdivision 1. Contracts authorized.
The director may enter into lottery procurement
contracts for the purchase, lease, or lease-purchase of the goods or services. In entering into a
lottery procurement contract, the director shall utilize an open bid process and shall take into
account the particularly sensitive nature of the state lottery and shall consider the competence,
quality of product, experience, and timely performance of each potential vendor in order to
promote and ensure security, honesty, fairness, and integrity in the operation and administration
of the lottery. The director shall also consider the extent to which a bidder for a contract for
printing preprinted lottery tickets would utilize employees and facilities within Minnesota in
fulfilling the contract.
Subd. 2. Investigation of potential vendors.
The director shall request the director of
the Division of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement to investigate the background, financial
responsibility, security, and integrity of any person who submits a bid, proposal, or offer as part
of a lottery procurement contract issuance by the director. The director may require the person
making the bid, proposal, or offer to pay for the cost of the investigation. Any fee collected
under this subdivision must be deposited into the lottery fund. At the time of submitting any bid,
proposal, or offer, the bidder shall disclose to the director the information the director considers
necessary to carry out the purposes of this section. The director has access to all criminal history
data compiled by the Division of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement on all vendors and potential
vendors who have submitted a bid to the lottery.
Subd. 3. Persons ineligible for contract.
(a) The director may not enter into a lottery
procurement contract with an applicant that has been convicted of a felony within the last ten
years, has been convicted of a gross misdemeanor or gambling-related misdemeanor within
the last five years, or has been found guilty of any crime involving fraud or misrepresentation
within the last five years.
(b) The director may not enter into a lottery procurement contract with an applicant that has
(1) a person who owns more than five percent of the stock in the applicant that does not meet
the requirements of this subdivision, or (2) a partner, officer, or director that does not meet the
requirements of this subdivision.
(c) The restrictions under this subdivision do not apply to an applicant for a lottery
procurement contract if the director determines that the applicant has terminated its relationship
with the individuals whose actions directly contributed to the disqualification of the applicant
under this subdivision.
Subd. 4. Conflict of interest.
The director may not enter into a lottery procurement contract
with a person to supply goods or services if that person has an ownership interest in an entity
that had supplied consultation services under a contract to the lottery regarding the request for
proposal pertaining to those particular goods or services.
Subd. 5. Bond.
(a) The director shall require securities to be deposited, or a performance
bond or a letter of credit to be executed by the person or corporation that is awarded a lottery
procurement contract in an amount as determined by the director.
(b) Any securities deposited with the director under this subdivision must be interest-bearing
and limited to:
(1) certificates of deposit issued by a solvent bank or savings association organized and
existing under the laws of this state or under the laws of the United States and having its principal
place of business in this state;
(2) United States bonds, notes, and bills, for which the full faith and credit of the government
of the United States is pledged for the payment of principal and interest; and
(3) general obligation bonds of any political subdivision of this state, or corporate bonds of a
corporation that is not an affiliate or subsidiary of the vendor, if the general obligation bonds or
corporate bonds are rated in one of the four highest classifications by an established nationally
recognized investment rating service.
(c) Any letter of credit executed under this subdivision must provide that:
(1) nothing more than a demand for payment is necessary for payment and is not conditional
on the delivery of any other documents or materials;
(2) the letter of credit is irrevocable and cannot be modified or revoked without the consent
of the director;
(3) the letter of credit cannot expire without notice from the issuer and the notice must occur
at least 60 days before the expiration date of the letter of credit;
(4) the letter of credit is issued by a bank which is a member of the Federal Reserve System
which has a long-term debt rating by a recognized national rating agency of investment grade
or better, if no long-term debt rating is available, the financial institution must have investment
grade financial characteristics;
(5) the letter of credit is unconditional, is not conditional upon reimbursement to the bank
or the bank's ability to perfect any lien or security interest, and does not contain references to
any other agreement, document, or entity; and
(6) the letter of credit designates the director as beneficiary.
Subd. 6. Exemptions.
Lottery procurement contracts entered into by the director are not
subject to the provisions of section
provided that the director must utilize an open and competitive bid process, and as nearly as
practicable follow the procedures of chapters 16B and 16C governing contracts, consistent with
the provisions of this section.
Subd. 7. Assignment.
A lottery procurement contract entered into under this section may not
be assigned without the specific written approval of the director.
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 7; 1991 c 233 s 109; 1997 c 129 art 2 s 15; 1998 c 386 art 2 s 84
349A.08 LOTTERY PRIZES.
Subdivision 1. Agreement by players.
A person who buys a lottery ticket agrees to be
bound by the rules applicable to the particular lottery game for which the ticket is purchased. The
player acknowledges that the determination of whether a ticket is a valid winning ticket is subject
to the rules of the director, claims procedures established by the director for that game, and any
confidential or public validation tests established by the director for that game.
Subd. 2. Prizes not assignable.
A prize in the state lottery is not assignable except as
provided in subdivision 3 and except that:
(1) if a prize winner dies before the prize is paid, the director shall pay the prize to the
prize winner's estate; and
(2) the director may pay a prize to a person other than the winner of that prize under an
appropriate court order.
Subd. 3. Prizes won by persons under age 18.
The following provisions govern the
payment of a lottery prize to a person under age 18:
(1) if the prize is less than $5,000, the director may give a draft, payable to the order of the
person under age 18, to the person's parents, custodial parent if one parent has custody, guardian,
or other adult member of the person's family; and
(2) if the prize is $5,000 or more, the director shall deposit the prize with the district court
applies to the investment and distribution of the money.
Subd. 4. Discharge of liability.
The payment of a prize by the director discharges the
director and the state of all liability for the prize.
Subd. 5. Payment; unclaimed prizes.
A prize in the state lottery must be claimed by the
winner within one year of the date of the drawing at which the prize was awarded or the last
day sales were authorized for a game where a prize was determined in a manner other than by
means of a drawing. If a valid claim is not made for a prize payable directly by the lottery by
the end of this period, the prize money is considered unclaimed and the winner of the prize shall
have no further claim to the prize. A prize won by a person who purchased the winning ticket
in violation of section
349A.12, subdivision 1
, or won by a person ineligible to be awarded a
prize under subdivision 7 must be treated as an unclaimed prize under this section. The director
must transfer all unclaimed prize money at the end of each fiscal year from the lottery cash
flow account to the general fund.
Subd. 6. Installment payments.
If the director decides to pay all or part of a prize in the
form of installments over a period of years, the director shall provide for the payment of all
(1) entering into a contract with a financially responsible person or firm or by purchasing
an annuity to provide for the payment of the installments; or
(2) establishing and maintaining as a separate and independent fund outside the state treasury
a reserve account with sufficient funds for the payment of the installments as they become due.
Subd. 7. Payments prohibited.
(a) No prize may be paid to the director or an employee of
the lottery, or a member of their families residing in the same household of the member, director,
or employee. No prize may be paid to an officer or employee of a vendor which at the time the
game or drawing was being conducted was involved with providing goods or services to the
lottery under a lottery procurement contract.
(b) No prize may be paid for a stolen, altered, or fraudulent ticket.
Subd. 8. Withholding of delinquent state taxes or other debts.
The director shall report the
name, address, and Social Security number of each winner of a lottery prize of $600 or more to the
Department of Revenue to determine whether the person who has won the prize is delinquent in
payment of state taxes or owes a debt as defined in section
270A.03, subdivision 5
. If the person
is delinquent in payment of state taxes or owes a debt as defined in section
, the director shall withhold the delinquent amount from the person's prize for remittance to the
Department of Revenue for payment of the delinquent taxes or distribution to a claimant agency
in accordance with chapter 270A. Section
applies to the priority of claims.
Subd. 9. Privacy.
(a) The phone number and street address of a winner of a lottery prize is
private data on individuals under chapter 13.
(b) Data on an individual, including name, physical and electronic address, and telephone
number, that are given to the lottery for direct marketing purposes are private data on individuals
as defined in section
. For purposes of this subdivision, "direct marketing" means marketing
conducted by the lottery directly with the consumer.
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 8; 1991 c 233 s 109; 1991 c 336 art 2 s 39; 1993 c 340 s 17;
1995 c 254 art 1 s 84,85; 1Sp2003 c 1 art 2 s 101; 1Sp2003 c 8 art 2 s 18
349A.09 LOTTERY ADVERTISING.
Subdivision 1. Odds; required information.
The director shall include on each brochure,
pamphlet, booklet, or other similar material the director publishes to promote or explain any
lottery game, a prominent and clear statement of the approximate odds of winning each prize
offered in that lottery game. Each lottery retailer must post prominently at or near the point of
ticket sale a notice or notices printed and provided by the director of the approximate odds of
winning each prize in each game for which the lottery retailer sells tickets.
Subd. 2. Content of advertising.
(a) Advertising and promotional materials for the lottery
adopted or published by the director must be consistent with the dignity of the state and may only:
(1) present information on how lottery games are played, prizes offered, where and how
tickets may be purchased, when drawings are held, and odds on the games advertised;
(2) identify state programs supported by lottery net revenues;
(3) present the lottery as a form of entertainment; or
(4) state the winning numbers or identity of winners of lottery prizes.
(b) The director may not adopt or publish any advertising for the lottery which:
(1) presents directly or indirectly any lottery game as a potential means of relieving any
person's financial difficulties;
(2) is specifically targeted with the intent to exploit a person, a specific group or economic
class of people, or a religious holiday by use of a religious theme or symbol;
(3) presents the purchase of a lottery ticket as a financial investment or a way to achieve
(4) uses the name or picture of a current elected state official to promote a lottery game;
(5) exhorts the public to bet by directly or indirectly misrepresenting a person's chance of
winning a prize; or
(6) denigrates a person who does not buy a lottery ticket or unduly praises a person who
does buy a ticket.
Subd. 3. Prizes; required information.
The director must include, in any publication or
print advertising which refers to a prize which is or may be paid in installments, a statement to
the effect that the prize will be or may be paid in installments.
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 9; 1991 c 336 art 2 s 40
349A.10 LOTTERY FUNDS.
Subdivision 1. State lottery fund.
The director shall establish a lottery fund outside the state
treasury, consisting of the gross revenues of the lottery and all other money credited or transferred
to it by law, except for money set aside and deposited in the lottery prize fund under subdivision 2.
Subd. 2. Deposit in prize fund.
(a) The director shall establish a lottery prize fund outside
the state treasury. The fund consists of all money deposited in it under this subdivision and
all interest earned thereon.
(b) The director shall deposit in the lottery prize fund, from gross receipts from the sale of
lottery tickets, an amount sufficient to pay lottery prizes from the lottery prize fund according to
the following provisions:
(1) for games which require online terminal connections, the prizes paid in any fiscal year
must be at least 45 percent of gross receipts from those games in that fiscal year;
(2) for games which do not require online terminal connections, the prizes paid in any fiscal
year must be at least the following percentages of gross receipts from those games:
(i) 50 percent through fiscal year 1991;
(ii) 55 percent from July 1, 1991, to June 30, 1992; and
(iii) 60 percent thereafter.
Subd. 3. Lottery operations.
(a) The director shall establish a lottery operations account in
the lottery fund. The director shall pay all costs of operating the lottery, including payroll costs or
amounts transferred to the state treasury for payroll costs, but not including lottery prizes, from
the lottery operating account. The director shall credit to the lottery operations account amounts
sufficient to pay the operating costs of the lottery.
(b) Except as provided in paragraph (e), the director may not credit in any fiscal year
thereafter amounts to the lottery operations account which when totaled exceed nine percent of
gross revenue to the lottery fund in that fiscal year. In computing total amounts credited to the
lottery operations account under this paragraph the director shall disregard amounts transferred to
or retained by lottery retailers as sales commissions or other compensation.
(c) The director of the lottery may not expend after July 1, 1991, more than 2-3/4 percent
of gross revenues in a fiscal year for contracts for the preparation, publication, and placement
(d) Except as the director determines, the lottery is not subject to chapter 16A relating to
budgeting, payroll, and the purchase of goods and services.
(e) In addition to the amounts credited to the lottery operations account under paragraph
(b), the director is authorized, if necessary, to meet the current obligations of the lottery and to
credit up to 25 percent of an amount equal to the average annual amount which was authorized
to be credited to the lottery operations account for the previous three fiscal years but was not
needed to meet the obligations of the lottery.
Subd. 4. Deposit of receipts.
(a) The director may require lottery retailers to:
(1) deposit in a separate account to the credit of the lottery fund, in banks designated by the
director, all money received by the lottery retailer from the sale of lottery tickets, less money
retained as the lottery retailer's commission and for payment of prizes;
(2) file with the director reports of the lottery retailer's receipts and transactions in ticket
sales in a form that the director prescribes; and
(3) allow money deposited by the lottery retailer from the sale of lottery tickets to be
transferred to the lottery through electronic fund transfer.
(b) The director may make arrangements for any person, including a financial institution,
to perform functions, activities, or services in connection with the receipt and distribution of
(c) A lottery retailer who fails to pay any money due to the director within the time prescribed
by the director shall pay interest on the amount owed at the rate determined by rule.
Subd. 5. Deposit of net proceeds.
Within 30 days after the end of each month, the director
shall deposit in the state treasury the net proceeds of the lottery, which is the balance in the lottery
fund after transfers to the lottery prize fund and credits to the lottery operations account. Of the
net proceeds, 40 percent must be credited to the Minnesota environment and natural resources
trust fund and the remainder must be credited to the general fund.
Subd. 6. Budget; plans.
The director shall prepare and submit a biennial budget plan to
the commissioner of finance. The governor shall recommend the maximum amount available
for the lottery in the budget the governor submits to the legislature under section
maximum amount available to the lottery for operating expenses and capital expenditures shall
be determined by law. Operating expenses shall not include expenses that are a direct function
of lottery sales, which include the cost of lottery prizes, amounts paid to lottery retailers as
sales commissions or other compensation, amounts paid to produce and deliver scratch lottery
games, and amounts paid to an outside vendor to operate and maintain an online gaming system.
In addition, the director shall appear at least once each fiscal year before the senate and house
of representatives committees having jurisdiction over gambling policy to present and explain
the lottery's plans for future games and the related advertising and promotions and spending
plans for the next fiscal year.
Subd. 7. Transfer of cash balances.
(a) A lottery cash flow account is created in the special
revenue fund in the state treasury. At the end of each week the director shall deposit in the lottery
cash flow account from the lottery fund and the lottery prize fund all amounts that the director
determines are not required for immediate use in the lottery fund or the lottery prize fund. The
commissioner of finance shall credit to the lottery cash flow account interest on all money
deposited in the lottery cash flow account under this subdivision.
(b) The director shall notify the commissioner of finance whenever the director determines
that money transferred under paragraph (a) is required for the immediate use of the lottery fund or
the lottery prize fund. Upon receiving the notification the commissioner shall transfer the amount
identified in the notification. Amounts necessary to make immediate payment for expenses or
prizes from the lottery fund or the prize fund are appropriated from the lottery cash flow account
to the director.
(c) The director shall notify the commissioner of finance 30 days after each month as to the
amount of the net proceeds that must be transferred under subdivision 5, and the director shall
notify the commissioner of finance 20 days after each month as to the amount that must be
transferred under section
, and as necessary the director shall notify the commissioner of
other amounts required by law to be transferred.
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 10; 1990 c 610 art 1 s 52; 1991 c 233 s 106,109; 1991 c 336 art
2 s 41; 1992 c 513 art 3 s 70; 1993 c 369 s 126; 1994 c 633 art 6 s 2; 1995 c 254 art 1 s 86; 1995
c 264 art 6 s 6; 1998 c 366 s 71; 2000 c 492 art 1 s 59; 2000 c 418 art 1 s 44; 2002 c 379 art 1
s 76; 2004 c 233 s 3; 2005 c 156 art 2 s 36
349A.11 CONFLICT OF INTEREST.
Subdivision 1. Lottery ticket; retailer.
The director, an employee of the lottery, a member
of the immediate family of the director or employee residing in the same household may not:
(1) purchase a lottery ticket; or
(2) have any personal pecuniary interest in any vendor holding a lottery procurement
contract, or in any lottery retailer; or
(3) receive any gift, gratuity, or other thing of value, excluding food or beverage, from
any lottery vendor or lottery retailer, or person applying to be a retailer or vendor, in excess of
$100 in any calendar year.
Subd. 2. Gifts.
The director or an employee of the lottery in the unclassified service may not
accept a gift the acceptance of which by an official would be prohibited by section
Subd. 3. Penalty.
A violation of subdivision 1, clause (1), is a misdemeanor. A violation of
subdivision 1, clause (2), is a gross misdemeanor. A violation of subdivision 1, clause (3), is a
misdemeanor unless the gift, gratuity, or other item of value received has a value in excess of
$500, in which case a violation is a gross misdemeanor.
Subd. 4. Future employment.
The director or an unclassified employee of the lottery
may not, within two years of terminating employment with the lottery, represent any person,
corporation, or entity before the lottery. A violation of this paragraph is a misdemeanor.
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 11; 1991 c 233 s 109; 1995 c 254 art 1 s 87; 1998 c 366 s 72
349A.12 PROHIBITED ACTS.
Subdivision 1. Purchase by minors.
A person under the age of 18 years may not buy or
redeem for a prize a ticket in the state lottery.
Subd. 2. Sale to minors.
A lottery retailer may not sell and a lottery retailer or other person
may not furnish or redeem for a prize a ticket in the state lottery to any person under the age of
18 years. It is an affirmative defense to a charge under this subdivision for the lottery retailer or
other person to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the lottery retailer or other person
reasonably and in good faith relied upon representation of proof of age described in section
340A.503, subdivision 6
, in making the sale or furnishing or redeeming the ticket.
Subd. 3. Prohibited sales.
(a) A person other than a lottery retailer may not sell a ticket in
the state lottery.
(b) A lottery retailer may not sell a ticket for a price other than the price set by the director.
Subd. 4. Lottery retailers and vendors.
A person who is a lottery retailer, or is applying to
be a lottery retailer, a person applying for a contract with the director, or a person under contract
with the director to supply goods or services to lottery may not pay, give, or make any economic
opportunity, gift, loan, gratuity, special discount, favor, hospitality, or service, excluding food or
beverage, having an aggregate value of over $100 in any calendar year to the director, employee of
the lottery, or to a member of the immediate family residing in the same household as that person.
Subd. 5. Exceptions.
Nothing in this chapter prohibits giving a state lottery ticket as a gift,
provided that a state lottery ticket may not be given to a person under the age of 18.
Subd. 6. Violations.
A violation of subdivision 1 or 2 or a rule adopted by the director is a
misdemeanor. A violation of subdivision 3 or 4 is a gross misdemeanor.
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 12; 1991 c 233 s 109; 1994 c 633 art 6 s 3-6; 1995 c 254 art 1 s 88
Nothing in this chapter:
(1) authorizes the director to conduct a lottery game or contest the winner or winners of
which are determined by the result of a sporting event other than a horse race conducted under
(2) authorizes the director to install or operate a lottery device operated by coin or currency
which when operated determines the winner of a game; and
(3) authorizes the director to sell pull-tabs as defined under section
349.12, subdivision 32
History: 1989 c 334 art 2 s 51; art 3 s 13
The director shall contract for an annual certified audit of all accounts and transactions of
the lottery. The audit must be conducted by a certified public accountant in accordance with
generally accepted accounting standards. The director shall file a copy of each audit report of the
lottery with the governor and the legislature.
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 14
The director shall file an annual report with the governor and legislature which must include
a complete statement of lottery revenues, administrative and operating costs, capital expenditures,
net proceeds transferred, and other financial transactions for the period the report covers.
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 15; 2004 c 233 s 4
349A.16 LOTTERY RETAILER COMMISSIONS.
The director of the State Lottery shall: (1) increase commissions paid to lottery retailers in
effect on January 1, 1998, by one-half percent on the price of each ticket sold by each retailer; and
(2) provide that each lottery retailer receive a commission of at least one percent on the amount of
each winning ticket cashed by that retailer. The director of the State Lottery shall periodically
review lottery ticket sales and make such adjustments to lottery retailer commission rates as are
deemed necessary to maintain appropriate return to the state.
History: 1998 c 366 s 73