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    Subdivision 1. Lottery. (a) A lottery is a plan which provides for the distribution of money,
property or other reward or benefit to persons selected by chance from among participants some or
all of whom have given a consideration for the chance of being selected. A participant's payment
for use of a 900 telephone number or another means of communication that results in payment to
the sponsor of the plan constitutes consideration under this paragraph.
(b) An in-package chance promotion is not a lottery if all of the following are met:
(1) participation is available, free and without purchase of the package, from the retailer or
by mail or toll-free telephone request to the sponsor for entry or for a game piece;
(2) the label of the promotional package and any related advertising clearly states any
method of participation and the scheduled termination date of the promotion;
(3) the sponsor on request provides a retailer with a supply of entry forms or game pieces
adequate to permit free participation in the promotion by the retailer's customers;
(4) the sponsor does not misrepresent a participant's chances of winning any prize;
(5) the sponsor randomly distributes all game pieces and maintains records of random
distribution for at least one year after the termination date of the promotion;
(6) all prizes are randomly awarded if game pieces are not used in the promotion; and
(7) the sponsor provides on request of a state agency a record of the names and addresses
of all winners of prizes valued at $100 or more, if the request is made within one year after the
termination date of the promotion.
(c) Except as provided by section 349.40, acts in this state in furtherance of a lottery
conducted outside of this state are included notwithstanding its validity where conducted.
(d) The distribution of property, or other reward or benefit by an employer to persons selected
by chance from among participants, all of whom:
(1) have made a contribution through a payroll or pension deduction campaign to a registered
combined charitable organization, within the meaning of section 309.501; or
(2) have paid other consideration to the employer entirely for the benefit of such a registered
combined charitable organization, as a precondition to the chance of being selected, is not a
lottery if:
(i) all of the persons eligible to be selected are employed by or retirees of the employer; and
(ii) the cost of the property or other reward or benefit distributed and all costs associated with
the distribution are borne by the employer.
    Subd. 2. Bet. A bet is a bargain whereby the parties mutually agree to a gain or loss by one to
the other of specified money, property or benefit dependent upon chance although the chance is
accompanied by some element of skill.
    Subd. 3. What are not bets. The following are not bets:
(1) A contract to insure, indemnify, guarantee or otherwise compensate another for a harm
or loss sustained, even though the loss depends upon chance.
(2) A contract for the purchase or sale at a future date of securities or other commodities.
(3) Offers of purses, prizes or premiums to the actual contestants in any bona fide contest for
the determination of skill, speed, strength, endurance, or quality or to the bona fide owners of
animals or other property entered in such a contest.
(4) The game of bingo when conducted in compliance with sections 349.11 to 349.23.
(5) A private social bet not part of or incidental to organized, commercialized, or systematic
(6) The operation of equipment or the conduct of a raffle under sections 349.11 to 349.22,
by an organization licensed by the Gambling Control Board or an organization exempt from
licensing under section 349.166.
(7) Pari-mutuel betting on horse racing when the betting is conducted under chapter 240.
(8) The purchase and sale of state lottery tickets under chapter 349A.
    Subd. 4. Gambling device. A gambling device is a contrivance which for a consideration
affords the player an opportunity to obtain something of value, other than free plays, automatically
from the machine or otherwise, the award of which is determined principally by chance.
"Gambling device" also includes a video game of chance, as defined in subdivision 8.
    Subd. 4a. Associated equipment. Associated equipment means any equipment used in
connection with gambling that would not be classified as a gambling device, including but
not limited to: cards, dice, computerized systems of betting at a race book or sports pool,
computerized systems for monitoring slot machines or games of chance, devices for weighing or
counting money, and links which connect progressive slot machines.
    Subd. 5. Gambling place. A gambling place is a location or structure, stationary or movable,
or any part thereof, wherein, as one of its uses, betting is permitted or promoted, a lottery is
conducted or assisted or a gambling device is operated.
    Subd. 6. Bucket shop. A bucket shop is a place wherein the operator is engaged in making
bets in the form of purchases or sales on public exchanges of securities, commodities or other
personal property for future delivery to be settled at prices dependent on the chance of those
prevailing at the public exchanges without a bona fide purchase or sale being in fact made on a
board of trade or exchange.
    Subd. 7. Sports bookmaking. Sports bookmaking is the activity of intentionally receiving,
recording or forwarding within any 30-day period more than five bets, or offers to bet, that total
more than $2,500 on any one or more sporting events.
    Subd. 8. Video game of chance. A video game of chance is a game or device that simulates
one or more games commonly referred to as poker, blackjack, craps, hi-lo, roulette, or other
common gambling forms, though not offering any type of pecuniary award or gain to players. The
term also includes any video game having one or more of the following characteristics:
(1) it is primarily a game of chance, and has no substantial elements of skill involved;
(2) it awards game credits or replays and contains a meter or device that records unplayed
credits or replays. A video game that simulates horse racing that does not involve a prize payout is
not a video game of chance.
    Subd. 9. 900 telephone number. A 900 telephone number is a ten-digit number, the first
three numbers of which are from 900 to 999.
    Subd. 10. Game. A game means any game played with cards, dice, equipment, or any
mechanical or electronic device or machine for money or other value, whether or not approved by
law, and includes, but is not limited to: card and dice games of chance, slot machines, banking
or percentage games, video games of chance, sports pools, pari-mutuel betting, and race book.
"Game" does not include any private social bet.
    Subd. 11. Authorized gambling activity. An authorized gambling activity means any form
of gambling authorized by and operated in conformance with law.
    Subd. 12. Authorized gambling establishment. An authorized gambling establishment
means any premises where gambling authorized by law is occurring.
    Subd. 13. Applicability of definitions. For the purposes of sections 609.75 to 609.762,
the terms defined in this section have the meanings given, unless the context clearly indicates
History: 1963 c 753 art 1 s 609.75; 1971 c 947 s 1; 1976 c 2 s 152; 1976 c 239 s 126; 1976
c 261 s 14; 1978 c 507 s 4,5; 1981 c 126 s 3; 1983 c 214 s 34-36; 1983 c 216 art 2 s 17 subd 3;
1984 c 502 art 12 s 22; 1985 c 126 s 2; 1986 c 467 s 29; 1988 c 705 s 2; 1989 c 334 art 6 s 8;
1990 c 590 art 1 s 52; 1991 c 199 art 2 s 1; 1991 c 336 art 2 s 43-46; 2000 c 336 s 5-9; 1Sp2001 c
5 art 20 s 18; 2005 c 166 art 1 s 37; art 3 s 1

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