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A new online scratch game by the Minnesota Lottery just launched, with critics also launching complaints about gambling expansion. Spicy 7’s is available for $1. From Minnesota Lottery website

Online lottery game, spicy, controversial


 ST. PAUL — Debate about online gambling already is hot, but it just got spicy.


 to be precise. That is the new Minnesota Lottery online scratch-off game that lottery officials say will not increase gambling, but critics bet the other way.

The game is simple: A player sees a tic-tac-toe-like game board and uses a computer mouse to click on squares, hoping to get three 7s in a row. If that happens, a player can win $777.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.