Lottery to the rescue: Will 4-minute Keno fill Washington budget gap?
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is seriously considering legislation that would allow four-minute Keno games as a way to help deal with a projected $2.6 billion budget shortfall.
The games could bring in an estimated $30 million a year. That's not much money compared with the budget gap, but lawmakers are hunting for any cash they can find.
Similar bills have been proposed and have died in the past. Things could be different this time, given the severity of the state's budget crisis, but th ...
Dec 7, 2009, 7:52 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Gov. and new lottery director meet
Prelude of coming battle over Keno
The head of the Arkansas state lottery and Gov. Mike Beebe met for the first time Monday but didn't talk much about their differences on keno.
Executive Director Ernie Passailaigue's meeting with the governor came five days after Beebe told reporters he would oppose keno being instituted in Arkansas as a state lottery game.
Passailaigue has said he envisioned keno being played in bars and restaurants by people watching monitors for winning numbers that ...
Jun 30, 2009, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery director turns down $11,000 housing allowance
The incoming head of Arkansas' lottery, set to be one of the highest-paid lottery directors in the country, didn't take all the cash offered him.
Ernie Passailaigue's $324,000-a-year salary was just part of the deal when he was hired June 5. The Arkansas Lottery Commission chairman, Ray Thornton of Little Rock, also directed the state to pay $980 a month for a year $11,760 total for housing support for Passailaigue.
But Passailaigue turned it down. He said that during negotiations for the ...
Jun 25, 2009, 2:18 am - Lottery News forum
Quick decision: New Ark. Lottery chief recommends Powerball
The newly hired director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery says he is recommending that the State Lottery Commission accept an invitation by Powerball to join the multi-state lottery known for its often soaring jackpots.
Ernie Passailaigue says he hopes the state begins selling scratch off tickets by October 29th and selling Powerball tickets by early 2010.
Passailaigue says he believes once the lottery is up and running Arkansas could see $1.5 million a day in sales.
But another pote ...
Jun 25, 2009, 12:13 am - Lottery News forum
Conn. AG urges changes before allowing Keno
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal advised Connecticut legislators Monday to amend the state's memoranda of understanding with two federally recognized Indian tribes before attempting to legalize Keno in the state.
He said the proposal to bring Keno to Connecticut, suggested last week by Gov. M. Jodi Rell as a way to raise about $60 million a year in new revenue, could risk the $400 million the casinos provide the state annually in slot machine revenues.
Under that memoranda between the t ...
Jun 2, 2009, 6:48 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery director under scrutiny for equipment debacle
A year ago, Ohio Lottery Director Michael A. Dolan persuaded skeptical lawmakers to buy $11.6 million worth of equipment to launch the state's new Keno game on a promise that the setup would still work after a year a premise that Dolan later admitted was false.
Now, as Dolan prepares to ask the same legislative panel to approve a $41 million contract with a company to run Keno and other lottery games for the next two years, the director's own dubious promises could return to haunt him.
Jun 1, 2009, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery winner gives prize to charity
A Kalamazoo-area man who won $10,000 in the Michigan Lottery's Club Keno game has donated his winnings to a charity.
Soon after winning the money on March 11, Jim Dancy of Richland decided others needed it more than he did. So he gave it all to the Greater Kalamazoo United Way.
I was heavily influenced by my close friend Julie, who taught me to think of others first, and to stop and think about what life is really about. I know the needs in the community are great right now, so for me it ...
Apr 19, 2009, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery's new Keno game off to slow start
The bingo-like lottery game that began this summer in Ohio to help plug the gaping hole in the state budget is off to a slow start.
Keno has been hindered by a weak economy and challenges getting it established at 2,000 bars and restaurants, said Mike Dolan, executive director of the Ohio Lottery.
The game is a central part of Gov. Ted Strickland's plan to insulate the state budget from the economic downturn that has dried up tax revenue.
Keno started Aug. 4 and sales were roughly $32 m ...
Nov 26, 2008, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
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