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Commissioner: Pulltabs could generate $72 million

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's revenue commissioner says additional research shows electronic pulltabs in bars and restaurants could generate $72 million annually for a new Vikings stadium.

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Commissioner Myron Frans says the latest estimate is based on different calculations than an earlier projection of less than $40 million. Stadium supporters say the electronic pulltabs are less likely to face legal challenges from American Indian tribes who likely would object to a casino in downtown Minneapolis or video slot machines at horse racing tracks.

DFL Rep. Terry Morrow tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/zLy0Ms) the new estimate is just one step toward solving the financial puzzle of building a new stadium. Morrow is part of a legislative stadium working group that has tentatively endorsed the pulltabs as a way to provide $340 million toward the state's share of a $920 million stadium.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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