LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Lottery will begin selling tickets to its newest game next week.
The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1ggYVNU) reports keno tickets will be available beginning on Monday morning. The newest addition to lottery games in Kentucky is a casino-type game that will offer drawings every five minutes nearly around the clock.
However, it won't be offered everywhere. Of 2,800 outlets that sell lottery tickets, 200 have signed up to offer keno. In addition, the game will be offered at about 200 new outlets such as bars and restaurants that won't offer other lottery games.
Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Arch Gleason says keno attracts better educated players who have more money to spend that traditional players, but anti-gambling groups have expressed concerns about the game with almost endless opportunities to play.
"We question whether this game, which is traditionally played in casinos, was anticipated by people who voted for the lottery in the 1980s," said Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst with the Family Foundation of Kentucky. Cothran said he fears keno will "take money out of the pocket of people who" can least afford it.
Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling Director Michael Stone said Thursday that there's no studies to indicate that keno is more addictive than other gambling games.
The Kentucky Lottery board approved keno earlier this year in part at the recommendation of state Treasurer Todd Hollenbach, who said the funds would help a "fiscally starved" state treasury.
Kentucky will be the 15th state to offer keno.
Don Hall, who owns Hall's Cafeteria in Louisville, said lottery sales' representatives told him keno could help increase his business by 25 percent but he fears it might reduce sales in other games such as Pick 3 and Pick 4.
"I think I'm already getting about all the business I can out of the lottery," he said.
Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com