“I don’t know if there’s an extra $1.2 billion out there or not,” Healy said. “But Minnesotans like to gamble.”
Indeed, the state is No. 1 in charitable gambling.
Healy’s group last year donated $155,000 from gambling operations for a wide variety of youth programs and other charities.
So far, one company — Express Games MN — has exclusive rights to sell the new e-games after winning approval from the Gambling Control Board.
The company plans to deploy up to 10,000 gaming terminals in the next six months.
Other companies are expected to win approval to get into the booming e-gaming business as they develop new games.