Minnesota Statutes Crimes; Expungement; Victims (Ch. 609-624) § 609.651. State lottery fraud

Subdivision 1. Felony.A person is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced under subdivision 4 if the person does any of the following with intent to defraud the State Lottery:

(1) alters or counterfeits a State Lottery ticket;

(2) knowingly presents an altered or counterfeited State Lottery ticket for payment;

(3) knowingly transfers an altered or counterfeited State Lottery ticket to another person;  or

(4) otherwise claims a lottery prize by means of fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

Subd. 2. Computer access.A person is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced under subdivision 4 if the person:

(1) obtains access to a computer database maintained by the director without the specific authorization of the director;

(2) obtains access to a computer database maintained by a person under contract with the director to maintain the database without the specific authorization of the director and the person maintaining the database.

Subd. 3. False statements.A person is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced under subdivision 4 if the person:

(1) makes a materially false or misleading statement, or a material omission, in a record required to be submitted under chapter 349A;  or

(2) makes a materially false or misleading statement, or a material omission, in information submitted to the director of the State Lottery in a lottery retailer's application or a document related to a bid.

Subd. 4. Penalty.  (a) A person who violates subdivision 1 or 2 may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than ten years or to payment of a fine of not more than $50,000, or both.

(b) A person who violates subdivision 1 or 2 and defrauds the State Lottery of $35,000 or more may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 20 years or to payment of a fine of not more than $100,000, or both.

(c) A person who violates subdivision 3 may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than three years or to payment of a fine of not more than $25,000, or both.


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