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Ohio votes 5-3 to book KENO

Aug 5, 2008 7:04 PM

Staff and Wire Reports| History was made on Monday in the Buckeye State when state-sponsored gambling became a social activity as KENO went online in nearly 1,000 bars, social clubs, bowling alleys and other locations in Ohio.

In July, the Ohio Lottery Commission approved the rules by a 5-3 vote on KENO which was proposed by Gov. Ted Strickland back in January.

The game is projected to raise some $73 million, projected to be used for education and other programs which have been affected by the states budget cutbacks according to lottery chairman Michael Dolan.

In the state-run game, players choose up to 10 numbers between 1 and 80 and can wager between $1 and $20. Every four minutes the state draws four numbers which players can watch on a large monitor. The payouts are based on the number of matching numbers and the size of the bet.

A perfect 10-for-10 hit would pay a cool $100,000 for a $1 bet. Odds of matching all 10 is one in 8.9 million.

"Its a glorified bingo for the lottery player," said Dan Netelsky, Ohio Lottery Commission Sales Director. "Its played every four minutes. Its visual. By the end of the year, Im sure well have 2,000 locations (in the state)."