Idaho Lottery, legislature may be headed for showdown over new games
Idaho State Lottery officials are asking potential vendors to provide information on how they would offer Keno, simulated racing, fantasy sports and other illegal gambling games when they bid on a lucrative decade-long contract.
The state Lottery Commission could select the winner of the 10-year contract which comes with two optional 5-year extensions as early as November.
But some lawmakers are upset about the lottery's request for information on games like Keno, which is specifically ban ...
Sep 12, 2016, 11:20 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon man wins largest Keno 8-Spot prize ever
More than three months after hitting the winning numbers, a Springfield, Oregon, man has claimed a record-breaking Keno win of more than $300,000.
Bruce Buckley of Springfield purchased a single $2 Keno ticket on December 11, 2015 after turning in some bottles. That $2 ticket was worth $300,246.50 and was the highest Keno 8-spot win in Oregon Lottery history, Oregon Lottery said Monday.
I saw that the Keno 8-Spot jackpot was more than $50,000 and figured I would just buy one ticket, Buckl ...
Apr 5, 2016, 11:35 am - Lottery News forum
Keno players cash in on lottery glitch in Delaware
The luck has run out for some lottery winners in Delaware after state officials realized that a glitch meant the exact same winning numbers were drawn for six Keno games.
Sam Patel, owner of the Convenient Store in Wilmington, Delaware, says last week's glitch with the Keno Lottery game had business booming. He didn't realize something was wrong until a customer hit it big.
She was screaming again, 'Oh my God, oh my God. The same numbers are coming out again. Well, at that point she got m ...
Dec 24, 2015, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery shelves keno plan
Lawmakers not happy with Lottery pushing the limits of law
Some Wyoming lawmakers say they're bothered the Wyoming Lottery Corp. considered introducing keno without their approval and they expect to introduce legislation limiting the lottery.
In keno, players try to match numbers with random numbers displayed on video screens at a restaurant or a bar. The idea has been withdrawn after meetings with the lottery board and state lawmakers, said lottery CEO Jon Clontz.
The lottery has other ...
Oct 20, 2015, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. legislators look to expand lottery
Lawmakers in Raleigh are looking to place bets on the state lottery once again as a source of more money for education programs across North Carolina.
House and Senate budget negotiators are working on a plan, already adopted by the state Senate, that would significantly increase advertising of the lottery's scratch-off and other offerings, including the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpot games. Another part of the plan, also backed by the Senate: Making a version of instant tickets availabl ...
Aug 22, 2015, 10:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery makes its pitch for keno
Proponents told members of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on Wednesday that bringing keno to Connecticut is essential to keeping the state's lottery competitive with other states', while opponents decried the game as a short-sighted and ill-advised way to generate revenue.
The bill would allow the Connecticut Lottery Corp. to offer keno throughout the state and is projected to generate $5 million in its first year after startup expenses. After that, proponents say keno will genera ...
Apr 16, 2015, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Maine Lottery won't be adding Keno
Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that his administration is backing off its plan to expand the Maine State Lottery to include the gambling game Keno at as many as 300 locations.
In remarks to reporters during a maple syrup season ceremony at the Blaine House, LePage said he personally doesn't like gambling and supported the Keno proposal only because he thought Democrats wanted the lottery expansion.
If they don't want it, then we'll kill it, he said. In fact, I told them to go kill it ...
Mar 11, 2015, 10:14 am - Lottery News forum
Hoosier Lottery adds Sunday midday drawings
Indiana's Hoosier Lottery will add consistency to certain daily draw games beginning Dec. 7 with the addition of Sunday midday drawings for its Daily 3, Daily 4 and Quick Draw games.
Currently, midday drawings for all three games are conducted Monday through Saturday. The Sunday drawing schedule will match the existing schedule for Monday through Saturday drawings.
The cut-off for ticket purchase will be 1:10 p.m. Eastern and the drawing will occur at or about 1:20 p.m.
Daily 3, with a ...
Dec 6, 2014, 1:43 pm - Lottery News forum
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