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Ohio Lottery planning to move forward with plans for Keno Games
wtam.com ^ | 03/17/08

Posted on 03/17/2008 6:38:20 PM PDT by GOP_Lady

Keno machines would come from Rhode Island company.

COLUMBUS) - The Ohio Lottery plans to spend almost $18 million on equipment to operate its new keno games.

The Ohio Lottery commission is asking a legislative panel that approves unbid contracts to release the money at its meeting next monday.

The contract would go to Rhode Island-based GTECH Corp., which provides the machines for current lottery games.

The state anticipates making $73 million a year off the new game and putting that toward reducing an anticipated $733 million shortfall in the state budget.

Critics characterize the keno game as similar to tabletop video lottery terminals that the state outlawed last year.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: gambling; gaming; lottery; ohio
I enjoy playing slots, but I don't like seeing a State trying to reduce their budgets by doing things like this. Gambling is against the Ohio State Constitution, but there must be some type of loop-hole to allow the State to push Keno games throughout the state. I receive comps from casinos -- from the State -- nothing.
1 posted on 03/17/2008 6:38:21 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

Voluntary taxes are for suckers.


2 posted on 03/17/2008 6:39:06 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: GOP_Lady

Keno: The crack pipe of lotteries.


3 posted on 03/17/2008 6:41:00 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: ConservaTexan

The lottery is a tax on the stupid.


4 posted on 03/17/2008 6:43:36 PM PDT by southernerwithanattitude ({new and improved redneck})
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To: GOP_Lady

Keno, the game with such infinitesimal odds of winning that even the officials overseeing New Jersey gambling laws decided it was too harsh a raping of the consumer to let even Atlantic City casinos run it.


5 posted on 03/17/2008 6:55:05 PM PDT by HHFi
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To: GOP_Lady

This is the democrat solution for everything - more taxes. These are just taxes paid by the poor (and stupid). Carville used to be big into this (back when he still needed to make money) and he would get democrat governor candidates to run on a pro-lottery agenda to ‘pay for education’ or ‘close the budget deficit’ or pay for any other social program libs want.

It’s a scam and every state that has it is hurt by it economically. It’s not run like a real business like Las Vegas treats gaming. It’s run by some outside company who pockets 1/3 of all the receipts. What a waste.


6 posted on 03/17/2008 6:57:17 PM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 3, 2008)
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To: HHFi

Yep, that indeed says it all.


7 posted on 03/17/2008 6:57:25 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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8 posted on 03/17/2008 7:02:22 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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"Overall, the returns at keno are too infrequent for anyone to play the game seriously. A game or two over breakfast in the casino coffee shop or relaxing in the keno lounge is plenty for many people. But some players on a tight budget enjoy sitting in the keno lounge, being served free drinks and playing a buck at a time as an inexpensive way to spend the day." http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/how-to-play-keno.htm
9 posted on 03/17/2008 7:07:40 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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odds are, you’ll have fun... losing your money


10 posted on 03/17/2008 7:11:03 PM PDT by robomatik ((wine plug: renascentvineyards.com cabernet sauvignon, riesling, and merlot))
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