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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