Ohio Lottery's new Keno does $7.2M in business the first month
Keno attracting players, but sales below projections
Mike Winiasz of Lorain watches his neighbor pick numbers in the Ohio Lottery's new game, Keno, but he does not indulge.
The last time I was in a lottery, I was picked No. 1 in the draft, he said. I figured I used up my lottery luck.
Keno, the Ohio Lottery's newest game, finished up its first month of operation this week. As of Sunday, Keno brought in $7.2 million and awarded $4.6 million in prizes, Ohio Lottery officials said.
Sep 6, 2008, 9:50 am - Lottery News forum
Keno to debut in Ohio on Monday
Critics and Keno players say it's Ohio's closest thing yet to casino gambling.
Instead of a lottery drawing daily or once a week, Keno games will be played every four minutes, from 11 a.m. until 1:44 the next morning, approximating bar and restaurant hours.
Eight hundred bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and racetracks will be equipped with computer terminals for placing bets beginning Monday. The number of locations is expected to grow to 2,000.
On a betting slip, Keno players will e ...
Aug 1, 2008, 9:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio plans new video lottery game this summer
The director of the Ohio Lottery says he still plans to start a new video lottery game in July despite a delay in awarding a contract to a company that will provide the equipment to bars and restaurants.
A state panel today postponed voting on a contract proposal from Atlanta-based Intralot but likely will approve it in two weeks. Members of the state Controlling Board say they will await the outcome of an appeal filed by the losing company.
The Ohio Lottery Commission hears the appeal by ...
Jun 4, 2008, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Gov. plans lottery expansion to increase revenues
Gov. Ted Strickland's plan to boost Ohio's struggling economy anticipates $73 million in new revenue from an expansion of the lottery, which includes a video version of Keno to be offered in bars and other age-controlled venues.
The governor said he distinguishes the new games from the video gambling machines outlawed in 2007 because they will be state-monitored, state-controlled and state-regulated. His spokesman, Keith Dailey, said the Keno game is much different from video slot machines ...
Feb 1, 2008, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
Three employees of bar charged in Keno fraud
A Wymore woman was arraigned in Gage County Court earlier this week on charges she and other employees of Blue Springs Keno, a bar located on Broad Street in Blue Springs, Nebraska, tampered with keno machines for their own benefit.
Jana Fletcher, 35, faces Class III felony charges of theft by taking more than $1,500 and tampering with a lottery device for cheating (a Class IV felony), and a Class I misdemeanor charge of violating the state lottery act.
A Class III felony carries a maximu ...
Nov 27, 2007, 9:49 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery plans big expansion of keno-style game
The Massachusetts state lottery, which fell short of revenue projections last year, is dramatically expanding a keno-style game in a move it estimates could bring in an additional $160 million annually, officials said.
The Daily Race Game, in which players can win up to $900 on a $1 bet, will expand from 200 to 1,500 locations across the state, and the graphics will change from cars to horses. Lottery commissioners on Wednesday approved the changes, which should be complete by next spring.
Oct 10, 2007, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery testing new Keno game this week
The Massachusetts State Lottery revs up a new Keno game this week that gives gamblers the chance to place $1 bets on animated stock-car races, complete with roaring engines and spectacular crashes.
The Daily Race Game will be tested at five locations with plans to expand to 200 over the next eight weeks, and ultimately to 1,300 establishments. The game, the first expansion of Keno since it launched in 1993, is being confined to bars and restaurants with Lottery licenses that serve liquor.
Apr 10, 2007, 8:04 am - Lottery News forum
Keno sales surge across Massacusetts
The regular clientele who stop the Eddie Coyle's Roadhouse Tavern in Dracut for a bite to eat after work are looking for some laughs and a family-friendly atmosphere.
There are also several pairs of eyes watching a Keno television monitor as a series of 20 numbers pops up on the screen, hoping they will be the ones to go home a few dollars richer.
It's a recreational thing people are just playing because it's something to do while they converse or have their meal, said Leslie Cox, th ...
Jul 10, 2006, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery exploring Internet sales again
Could keno be out and Internet lottery in?A proposal from last spring to authorize Internet sales of Illinois lottery tickets popped up again Thursday, a week after Gov. Rod Blagojevich unveiled a controversial initiative to include keno in the lottery as a way to finance school construction bonds.A Blagojevich spokeswoman said the governor was not backing off the keno proposal but seemed to hedge her bets. We are willing to consider other ideas from the General Assembly, Rebecca Rausch said.Th ...
Jan 20, 2006, 10:57 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery expanding Keno with new Bonus game
As of Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Massachusetts Lottery will launch a new way for residents to play the popular Keno game.Keno Bonus is the new and improved form of Keno, a popular Lottery game played by placing a bet, picking numbers and matching them to randomly selected numbers chosen by a computer.As of the official launch date, players will have the opportunity to double their wager, making them eligible for Keno Bonus. A bonus number will be displayed on the computer screen, and players multip ...
Nov 30, 2005, 2:12 pm - Lottery News forum