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Charitable gaming industry is down on its luck -- wants lower state taxes

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A year after a statewide smoking ban went into effect, charitable gambling operations in Minnesota aren't feeling so lucky.

"The wonderful world of gambling unfortunately is not so wonderful right now," said King Wilson, executive director of the Allied Charities of Minnesota.

"We've lost 30 percent of our charitable gambling organizations, and the ones that remain are basically down 20-25 percent."

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