WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday let stand a ruling by Minnesota's highest court that upheld the constitutionality of a state law imposing a graduated tax on the gross receipts of charitable gambling operations.

The case, Brainerd Area Civic Center v. Commissioner of Revenue, was brought by a number of charities that conduct lawful gaming operations such as bingo, raffles, pull tab games, and tipboards. Pull tabs and tipboards are games in which players buy tickets and remove attached seals to discover if they are winners.

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