Play the Lottery While Waiting for Your Flight
Travelers who use the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport may soon be able to enjoy playing the lottery at the airport. There are plans to sell Minnesota Lottery tickets on about 2,500 iPads which have already been installed in the main terminal.An airport spokesman, Patrick Hogan, has said that the plan could be voted on next month by the Metropolitan Airports Commission.
The idea was first put forward by OTG Management, a company which operates food and drink concessions at the airport.
The company’s 2,500 iPads are currently used to order food and drinks, check flight times and browse the internet. However, it would be easy to use them to sell Powerball and Mega Million tickets as well as electronic scratch-card games.
The issue was meant to be voted on at a recent meeting of the airports commission. However, it was set aside out of concern that it could negatively affect existing lottery sales at the airport. Commission member Paul Rehkamp said, “We just want to make sure that nothing we do negatively impacts the foundation, and that we know what we’re getting into with this.”
Proceeds from any sales would be divided, OTG would receive 5%, the airport 10% and the rest would go to the Minnesota Lottery.