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Connecticut Lottery chairman says keno in early stages

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HARTFORD, Conn. — 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 with the Indian tribes that own Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun.

He said rollout of the bingo-style lottery game is "a multi-million-dollar proposition" that should take at least six months to complete even after officials complete the preliminary work they're doing now.

"As chairman of the board and speaking for the board, we're trying to be as responsible as we can with the revenue of the state and to approach keno implementation in a very, very layered fashion. We really want to build our blocks," he said.

No decisions have been made on how many terminals might be installed around the state, Farricker said Thursday.

Keno, a game of chance found in supermarkets, gas stations, convenience stores, bars and restaurants in neighboring states, was authorized by the General Assembly in June as part of a deal to balance the state budget.

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr. sent a letter this week to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director, Benjamin Barnes, questioning why state lawmakers have not been briefed by the administration about the implementation of keno, which he complained was originally tucked into the final budget bill without a public hearing. The Norwalk Republican said it appears transparency is lacking in the game's implementation process.

"A small group of men and women will emerge from a room one day in the near future and impose a new law that greatly expands gambling in this state," Cafero wrote.

Farricker denied that discussions about keno have been kept under wraps. He noted minutes from the lottery board's June 27 meeting that referred to keno several times during an open session, including discussion of plans to revise the lottery budget to account for keno revenue projections. Discussion of "new game initiatives for keno," however, is listed as a topic for the closed executive session.

For years, Connecticut has batted around the idea of setting up keno. During the last legislative session, majority Democrats reached a two-year, $44 billion budget deal with Malloy that relied on $31 million in projected revenues from keno over two years. Because both the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes contend they have exclusive rights to such games at their casinos under a compact with the state, the budget bill authorized the tribes to each receive 12.5 percent of keno's gross operating revenues.

Barnes said in a letter to Cafero this week that he was authorized by the budget legislation to negotiate that agreement with the tribes and those talks "have not progressed to a point where an update to the General Assembly would be either informative or appropriate."

Besides a deal with the tribes, Farricker said many other matters still need to be settled, including the number and location of keno terminals that will be set up. Farricker said reports there will be 1,000 terminals are not true; Anne Noble, the lottery's president and CEO, had told state lawmakers in recent years that 600 terminals might be possible.

Farricker said some lottery staff have been polling the lottery's vendors to see how keno might work with their existing businesses. They've also spoken with owners of taverns and bars on hosting terminals, but no final decision has been made, he said.

"None of this has been decided. We're still working hard to make sure that when we do come up with final answers for how we're going to roll out keno, that it's done appropriately and responsibly and it's done with the idea of our partners and the players in mind," he said.

But Farricker is confident keno will move forward, saying "I see no impediments to a successful launch."

AP

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Looks like this is going benefit the state a lot more than it benefits the players.

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    Keno best game ever Party


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      Keno best game ever Party

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        Looks like this is going benefit the state a lot more than it benefits the players.

        Thats what lotteries are for, to benefit the states who then benefit the people.

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          Keno best game ever Party

          You are correct. Have had Keno here in MA for many years now, very strange goings on. Each game you can get 3X, 4X, 5X, 10X, or NO BONUS (I think). I sat and watched, while playing, and saw NO BONUS 7 TIMES IN A ROW! What are the odds?! Another time, twelve years ago, before they had the bonus for an extra $1 me and a friend were playing and my friend's numbers came out, one by one, on the screen, as they were drawn. Then, next thing, when all the drawn numbers showed on the screen together, none of my friend's numbers were there. We told the guy behinde the counter, and he said "Sometimes that happens". I say BS! It is a scam. Also, usually when there is a multiplier, it is only 3X. But wait! Once I saw 4X. I have never seen a 5X or 10X, although someone that was also playing in the same store with me said he saw a 5X once. Again I ask, what are the odds? I have only played a few times in the past ten years. I have a feeling I will play zero times in the next ten years. CT residents, KENO is a SCAM!! A computer picks each number, each time, each game. You think the computer program might know which numbers are being played by people and what numbers aren't? Yes, of course it does, and I think every game is "Fixed". Of course this is just my humble opinion...

          In other words I think Keno is programmed to NOT show many player's winning numbers each game. Not hard to program a computer to do just that. Money in the bank for whatever state hosts Keno, but only if the people are suckers. I have never heard of someone winning a $1,000,000 in Keno (In MA) but supposedly you can. Then how come after twenty years no one has? I think I know why...


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            Posted: August 24, 2013, 10:45 pm - IP Logged

            A guy named Bob Fuller won $120k last month.

            http://www.masslottery.com/winners/

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              I think I should mention the fact that I am NOT a sore loser or something. I have won $1,600 when Keno first came out, plus a few smaller wins. But it just seems so obviously scammy these days. I think it was easier to win in the early days because so many people were playing at once. People would crowd the stores and the bars to play Keno. 

              I think (If it was indeed crooked back then, and I'm not so sure it was 20 years ago) that it would have been much harder for the computer to filter out all the winning combos, in other words, some people HAD to win, because the computer had to show 20 numbers each game. With so many people playing there had to be some winning (Shown numbers) combos the computer just could not filter out for that one game. You get the idea...

              Now, 2013, not many people play in MA. Some play, if they are in a bar, bored or whatever. Others see the writing on the wall. I still hope you are lucky and win, unfortunately, with Keno "luck" has very little to do with it.

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                Oh yes, people CAN win, I never said they couldn't.


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                  Perhaps the ODDS have something to do with it?

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                    So even after 20 years no one can win $1,000,000? Just remember, the odds they post may not be the odds you get.

                    Also, I LIKED Keno a lot. I won $1,600 almost right away. I was very depressed when I realized it seemed "Fixed". I explained it all above, believe what you will. All I did was say what happened to me and a friend. I have no desire to bash something I see that is on the level. However, if it is not... Isn't that what these posts are for, to tell our side?


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                      So even after 20 years no one can win $1,000,000? Just remember, the odds they post may not be the odds you get.

                      Also, I LIKED Keno a lot. I won $1,600 almost right away. I was very depressed when I realized it seemed "Fixed". I explained it all above, believe what you will. All I did was say what happened to me and a friend. I have no desire to bash something I see that is on the level. However, if it is not... Isn't that what these posts are for, to tell our side?

                      Tell whatever you like my friend, I'm not apostatizing you..............

                      I just think that when the stated ODDS are 478 million to 1 the game hardly needs "fixing"


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                        Have a good night everyone. Bed

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