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South Dakota Lawmakers Approve Penny Bets for Video Lottery

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PIERRE – The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a measure that would allow 1-cent bets in video lottery games.

The House voted 39-28 Thursday to approve the measure, which was passed earlier by the Senate. The bill, which was proposed by the state Lottery Commission, now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his signature.

The law currently allows a minimum bet of five cents. The measure would allow players to bet as little as one cent.

Supporters say penny bets are needed for new machines that offer line-up games similar to slot machines. They say the bill is part of an effort to make the games fresh and entertaining.

But opponents say it’s an expansion of gambling that could cause people to lose more money.

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