Keno lottery game debuts throughout state

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - The Kentucky Lottery debuted a new game at several hundred locations throughout the commonwealth Monday.

It is called Keno, and many folks say they hope it will help bring revenue to the area.

Patel's Quick Mart in Prestonsburg is one of a few retailers in the mountains, and one of nearly 400 in the commonwealth, to launch Keno Monday--a lottery game new to the state but not new to many people.

"I've actually got associates that go over into these other states and play Keno, and you know they go over and play for two hours and come back and win $15,000," said employee Danny Hampton.

Folks say playing Keno is a relatively simple concept.

They say you just pick your numbers, up to 10 at a time, get a ticket and then wait and watch the screen for those numbers to be drawn.

Drawings take place every five minutes, and one set of numbers is good for 24 of those drawings.

"It's a really fast paced game. It should be a money making game for the player, but it should be a money making game for the state," said Hampton.

In fact officials with the Kentucky Lottery say they anticipate Keno will bring in nearly $30 million of revenue per year, and much of that will be used for college scholarship funds.

Josh Hensley stopped in Patel's Quick Mart Monday afternoon to join in.

"I've heard about the Keno through advertising, and I've played it at other locations so I thought it would be a great asset for Kentucky," he said.

He says he is glad he can now keep more of his lottery spending at home.

"It's on my way to work so I thought I could stop here and play a ticket, and this store here is always really good to all their customers," said Hensley.

Lottery officials hope to expand the number of participating retailers up to nearly 700 in the next few years.

To find participating locations click the link below.

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