Mass. Lottery Extends Keno Hours

Sep 3, 2003, 3:29 am (2 comments)

Massachusetts Lottery

The Massachusetts Lottery has announced a pilot program to add 22 additional hours of Keno each week.

Officials said additional hours will generate much-needed revenue for the state.

"The surest and fastest way to increase local aid to our struggling cities and towns is by improving the Lotterys existing products as we research and implement new ones," state Treasurer Timothy Cahill said in a statement Tuesday.

The new Keno hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sundays from noon to 1 a.m.

The hours had been noon to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Since March, Cahill said he has implemented changes to the Keno program that have generated $8.8 million in net revenue for the state. He has also conducted extended play tests on holiday weekends, the statement said.

Keno is the second most popular lottery product with 1,725 agents statewide.

The Call



Fine, Mr Cahill. How about a cash option for the 6/42 and 6/49?


>Officials said additional hours will generate much-needed revenue for the state.

The state needs money from old alcoholics who spend hours in the bar (the only places that have Keno in MA) wasting their money on beer, cigarettes and keno as another day ebbs away.  I'm so proud to live in Massachusetts. So far the reign on Mr. Cahill has been a big disappointment. As CO says, 6/42 and 6/49 desperately need  revising and improving, and not just with a cash option. They also need larger amounts on smaller prizes and a bonus ball system like tri-state megabucks has.  If I were in charge, I'd dump 6/49 to try to get 1 respectable, fast growing Megabucks (increase the odds to 6/45 if you want) jackpot instead of 2 very slowly growing, very boring jackpots where no one wins and no one cares week after week.  These games have to compete with $50 million BigGame jackpots now. 

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