New keno game boosts sales for Kentucky Lottery
The Kentucky Lottery's new keno game hasn't attracted as many retailers as projected, but sales have exceeded expectations since it launched late last year.
Kentucky Lottery Chief Financial Officer Howard Kline told The State Journal that the bingo-style game, which has drawings every five minutes, sold $28.5 million in wagers as of June 21. He says that's about $500,000 more than estimated.
Kline said that came despite having only 272 Keno-only retailers sign on to offer the game by the e ...
Jul 8, 2014, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Keno opens a new fight over Arkansas lottery
Arkansas lottery officials won't just be making the case for why they should be allowed to expand their games to include offerings such as keno when the Legislature meets next year. They'll also be making the case for not completely overhauling their structure.
Legislation approved in a special session last week that bars the lottery from launching monitor games such as keno until March 13, 2015, ensures that the issue will be at the top of the agenda when lawmakers convene for next year's se ...
Jul 8, 2014, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery expansion could still be a big winner for Penn. Gov.
Efforts by Gov. Tom Corbett's administration to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery is on the back burner, but the idea of expanding lottery games to include keno remains very much in the picture.
Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser and top lottery officials testified last week before the Senate Finance Committee on how keno is part of a developing strategy to increase lottery revenue to meet growing demand for the senior citizen benefits it underwrites. The catalyst for action, as ...
Feb 2, 2014, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum
Keno: The Next Big Bet For The N.H. Lottery?
On a recent afternoon at the Common Grounds Cafe, 200 yards from the New Hampshire border in Methuen, Mass, a handful of men sit along a short counter or at several tables in the back of the cafe.
Eyes moving back and forth from their pink and white betting slips to two wall-mounted video monitors, they wait for the next drawing of a popular electronic lottery game called Keno.
We've got some regulars who come in almost every day, said Shane Bernard, who runs the cafe with his parents. An ...
Jan 8, 2014, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery starts Keno on Monday
Keno is coming to Kentucky, beginning Monday at 5 a.m. It should mean more money for the Kentucky Lottery Corporation and more money for the state, and be easy to play.
When you go into a retailer it is going to look exactly like when you buy your Pick 3 or Pick 4 tickets, says lottery spokesman Chip Polston.
Keno is a lottery type game. Starting at one dollar, players will attempt to match the numbers randomly selected by the lottery. It is a game that will be played almost constantly.
Nov 2, 2013, 1:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon bartender's tip turns out to be lottery ticket worth $17,500
A Springfield, Oregon, bartender won big this week, when a Keno ticket given to her as a tip turned out to be worth $17,500.
Aurora Kephart, 25, who has worked at Conway's Restaurant and Lounge in Springfield's Thurston neighborhood for almost four years, often receives unplayed Keno tickets as tips from a bar regular. On Tuesday evening, the male patron, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought a handful of Keno tickets and asked Kephart to choose the two she wanted.
When she checked the nu ...
Oct 7, 2013, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
Keno on track for arrival in Connecticut by next summer
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. on Thursday approved a seven-year contract that could bring keno gambling to the state by early next summer.
The agreement allows the lottery to spend $5.4 million, payable in two installments of $2.7 million, to the New York-based Scientific Games Inc., on the equipment, software and other investments needed to launch and maintain keno in Connecticut.
The contract approved by the board calls for the addition of up to 600 new retailers, such as bars and restau ...
Sep 27, 2013, 12:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery chairman says keno in early stages
Connecticut lottery employees have begun discussions with bars and taverns on hosting keno terminals, but it will be months and months before the game is made available to the state's gamblers, the chairman of the state lottery's board said.
Frank Farricker, chairman of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation's Board of Directors, said in an interview with The Associated Press that officials are still conducting market research, setting up regulations and negotiating a revenue-sharing agreement w ...
Aug 24, 2013, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum
N.Y. Lottery may lift curbs on Quick Draw keno game
Pronto Lotto does not look like much. It sits outside the entrance to a busy subway stop in Elmhurst, Queens, supplying passers-by with cereal, chips and milk like any other bodega.
But Pronto Lotto's real business takes place in the carpeted, hushed area where its most devoted customers watch video screens from a scattering of tall silver tables, hour after hour, day after day.
The players mostly men, about a dozen at any given time come on their lunch breaks or after work to study the sc ...
Feb 22, 2013, 3:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Delaware Lottery adds Keno to lineup
Delaware's latest effort to squeeze state revenues out of an increasingly competitive regional gambling market launched Tuesday with the activation of Keno instant lottery terminals at 81 bars, restaurants and other private businesses.
The state expects the new game to bring in $1 million by June 30, a small slice of the $238 million forecasters estimate will be generated by all other forms of legal gambling in the state this fiscal year.
The Keno figure is down from the $1.6 million in st ...
Jan 23, 2013, 7:55 am - Lottery News forum