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609.651 STATE LOTTERY FRAUD.
    Subdivision 1. Felony. A person is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced under subdivision
4 if the person does any of the following with intent to defraud the State Lottery:
(1) alters or counterfeits a state lottery ticket;
(2) knowingly presents an altered or counterfeited state lottery ticket for payment;
(3) knowingly transfers an altered or counterfeited state lottery ticket to another person; or
(4) otherwise claims a lottery prize by means of fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
    Subd. 2. Computer access. A person is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced under
subdivision 4 if the person:
(1) obtains access to a computer database maintained by the director without the specific
authorization of the director;
(2) obtains access to a computer database maintained by a person under contract with the
director to maintain the database without the specific authorization of the director and the person
maintaining the database.
    Subd. 3. False statements. A person is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced under
subdivision 4 if the person:
(1) makes a materially false or misleading statement, or a material omission, in a record
required to be submitted under chapter 349A; or
(2) makes a materially false or misleading statement, or a material omission, in information
submitted to the director of the State Lottery in a lottery retailer's application or a document
related to a bid.
    Subd. 4. Penalty. (a) A person who violates subdivision 1 or 2 may be sentenced to
imprisonment for not more than ten years or to payment of a fine of not more than $50,000, or both.
(b) A person who violates subdivision 1 or 2 and defrauds the State Lottery of $35,000 or
more may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 20 years or to payment of a fine of
not more than $100,000, or both.
(c) A person who violates subdivision 3 may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than
three years or to payment of a fine of not more than $25,000, or both.
History: 1989 c 334 art 3 s 16; 1989 c 356 s 36