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Illegal Promotional Pull Tabs

​Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Agents recently discovered illegal promotional pull-tab games taking place in Northwest Minnesota establishments and bars. pull tab.jpg

These games require the purchase of alcohol in exchange for a promotional pull-tab that gives customers a chance to win discounted drinks.

Agents educated the establishments on Minnesota law that requires all promotional pull-tab games to be licensed by the Gambling Control Board.

In ongoing discussions, agents also learned that the advertisement materials were supplied by alcohol distributors, which is also illegal under Minnesota law.

Agents spoke with those distributors, educating them on the law and best practices when working with their partners. 

For more information on how to conduct and purchase legal promotional pull-tabs contact the Gambling Control Board.

"Pay to Play" Prohibited By Law

​Investigators with the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division have fielded complaints about wholesalers offering illegal kick-backs to retail license holders in recent weeks.

Known as “Pay to Play,” some alcoholic beverage wholesalers have offered illegal kick-backs to retail license holders for favorable treatment of their product by the retailer.

Minnesota law prohibits alcoholic beverage wholesalers from giving anything of value to retail license holders; however, agents are investigating several complaints that some wholesalers are offering to unload product, stock shelves, provide free equipment and other goods and services in exchange for better placement of their product or to simply get their product into the store.

Some high profile cases have emerged in other states in the past few months where large wholesale and manufacturing interests have “paid to play”.
 

Liquor License Needed for All Sales

​If you provide alcohol to customers at your business you are required to have a liquor license.

From time to time, AGED investigators become aware of situations where alcohol is being provided for free, along with the purchase of other items.

Examples include:

  • A business offering “complimentary” wine or champagne to customers receiving a salon package.
  • A retailer offering “complimentary” beer to customers buying a tee shirt.
  • A red Solo cup being purchased at a house party with the intent of filling it with alcohol.

All of these example are considered alcohol sales and are illegal in Minnesota.

Minnesota law (MN Statue 340A.414) requires any business or club allowing the consumption or display of alcohol to hold a license or permit.

Violation of the law  is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $3000 fine and a year in jail.

Mic'd Up: Inside Look at Slot Machine Compliance Checks

​When you go to one of Minnesota’s 18 casinos, how can you be confident the slot machines are paying out correctly?

Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (DPS-AGED)  works with Native American tribes to ensure compliance with the state-tribal agreements so that gaming is fair for all. 

Check out the latest video in the Mic’d Up series that shows the inspection process and  how slot machines are regulated in Minnesota.

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Video Description: The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (DPS-AGED) works with Native American tribes to ensure compliance with the state-tribal agreements so that gaming is fair for all. Check out the latest video in the DPS MIC'D UP series that shows the inspection process and how slot machines are regulated in Minnesota.