Keno, Anyone? State Lottery Considers New Game

The North Carolina lottery is looking at another way to boost earnings for education programs through a new game billed as amusement for tavern patrons but which gambling opponents argue is highly addictive.

The North Carolina Education Lottery Commission was scheduled Tuesday to receive a demonstration of keno. The game features frequent numbers drawings that could attract bars and restaurants to offer lottery products.

Lottery executive director Alice Garland says the commission won't take any votes or other action at the work session designed to help members become familiar with the game. Fewer than 15 states offer keno.

Bill Brooks with the North Carolina Family Policy Council say the group is opposed to keno and says t's too much like video poker.


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  • by william Location: rocky mount on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    Ewwww.....Let's do BINGO next! Who are these people?
  • by ibxer on Feb 28, 2012 at 03:48 PM
    NC ranks 42nd in per student classroom funding and funding was cut $200 per student this year. I am not in favor of another gambling scheme that plays Russian roulette with our public education system and leaves local school boards in limbo not knowing how much funding they will receive. Not to mention the evils of gambling. I hope the churches will rise up against this!
  • by lyn Location: martin county on Feb 28, 2012 at 02:31 PM
    Prior to the lottery, when the state set a budget, they designated so much for education. to get people to accept the lottery, we were told it would go to education. the public made the assumption that it would suppliment the budgeted amount. NOT! If the budget allows $500 for education and the lottery raises $500, the schools get $500 not $1000. Then along comes Bev and she sends it to other places. So our schools are no better with the lottery than before. And for your info, I do play the lottery and enjoy it. If you do not play, do not expect anything from a friend who does if they hit a big amount.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 08:56 AM
    if you get rich ,obama will come after you ,to get his --fair share --
    • reply
      by Truth on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM in reply to
      If by Obama, you mean "the IRS", then...yes. It's not some invention our current president came up with!
    • reply
      by h8liars on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:37 PM in reply to
      Might as well be Obama with the way he is run office. Let me ask you this, is our economy doing any better? I don't think so...He has the power to make it better and hasn't so why not say "Obama"......
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        by william on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:06 PM in reply to h8liars
        He has tried and the Reps. didn't like it.
  • by Linda Location: Winterville on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:59 AM
    Bring it on....but don't call it for the NC Educational Fund" we know that money is not going toward that. Keno may be addictive but if you got the money and you like to gamble, so be it. I am a gambler and I will continue to be one. People need to worry about their own business and stop budding into everyone elses. The state should surely know by now that the lotter does make money, too bad they do not put it where it is supposed to go.
  • by Shawn Location: Greenville on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:57 AM
    The lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math.
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      by REM on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:32 AM in reply to Shawn
      ^ lol. Couldn't be more correct. I heave a big sigh every time I hear of family and friends buying tickets.
  • by fun tax on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:28 AM
    The lottery is simply a tax that people enjoy paying. I say we need all the money we can get, so keep the games coming!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:12 AM in reply to fun tax
      Yeah, well this "fun tax" would be great if the state would disclose what they do with the money. Saying it is for education is one thing but actually showing where the revenues are going is as always another issue......especially with a bunch of political crooks.
  • by not so "educational" lottery Location: duplin co on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:56 AM
    i have not seen where the money was given to schools in the first place. that one year where it was the schools had to pay it back. if its suppost to be education lottery, then give the money to all the schools, not just around raleigh! i don't waste my hard earned money on these pieces of paper, you have to spend more than its worth to actually have a chance to win anything. not worth it to me. i'm not in favor of making someone else rich by buying a piece of paper that my odds of winning are this low! its crazy, get a new hobby people. if you put every dollar you spend on lottery tickets in a jar in you house and save it, you will get rich sooner than you could win that lottery!
  • by Enc on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:00 AM
    I understand what the oppnents of the lottery are saying, but they need to understand that most of the people are gonna gamble one way or another,either legal or illegal
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      by REM on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:58 AM in reply to Enc
      True. I like the initial merits of an educational lottery, but this state (and most) steal funds from it. If there were proper punishments for abusing funds, then it would be just fine. I do, however, have a problem with calling it an education lottery and a lot of the money going towards pet projects, many of which are very questionable or outright insane.
  • by REM Location: ENC on Feb 28, 2012 at 04:59 AM
    The "education" lottery ... LOL! Who do they think they are fooling? More like "Bev's personal bank account" lottery. Take notice that most schools are still in total shambles (in terms of physical maintenance and quality of learning) even after hundreds of millions thrown at it [also considering how much money has been stolen from the fund already].
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      by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:08 AM in reply to REM
      Dead on response....thanks.
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