New lottery game expected to debut in bars/restaurants


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s state-run lottery is expanding its gambling options to a new game that could attract younger players and satisfy the thirst of legislators seeking more money for education initiatives.

The draw game called keno is offered by lotteries in 16 other states. It’s billed as an amusement for people who like to socialize in bars, restaurants and other settings.

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The North Carolina Education Lottery Commission voted Tuesday to direct executives to offer keno. Commissioners have been looking at keno for at least five years, but the idea recently picked up steam. Lottery Executive Director Alice Garland says she’d like to see 500 retailers ready for an Oct. 15 kickoff date.

A performance audit estimated keno could generate over $200 million in new revenues over five years.

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