Could the Vikings hit the lottery?

With the Vikings not only on the back burner but potentially off the stove completely in their effort to get public funding for a new stadium, an old idea is getting a new look as other NFL teams have jumped on the lottery bandwagon as a way to create additional revenue.

Could the Vikings get a stadium deal done that wouldn't require the State Legislature to discontinue sitting on its hands? It potentially could find a partner in the state's lottery scratch-off tickets.

In the last week, both the Washington Redskins and New England Patriots have partnered with their respective area lotteries as a way to create additional income after the method was approved at the NFL owners meetings. The teams allow their logos to be used on scratch-off tickets and as part of the partnership, they are compensated … and compensated quite well.

One report claims the Boston Red Sox have a similar type of deal with the Massachusetts State Lottery – a three-year deal that reportedly nets the Red Sox as much as $200 million annually. The Twins also have a similar deal that has their team logo on a scratch-off ticket, which is said to be a benefit for a "small market" organization to create additional revenue.

While there has been discussion in the past of potentially tying the Vikings into a lottery ticket proposal as a way to help finance a new stadium, it was initially met with a cool reception by both the NFL and the state of Minnesota. But, considering that other teams are jumping on the bandwagon (the Baltimore Ravens are the latest to start talks about adding their logo to scratch-off tickets), perhaps this could be the means by which the Vikings get their new stadium and tight-fisted politicians wouldn't have to back down on their stance not to pay for publicly funded stadium.


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