Carolina Keno drawings begin today at hundreds of locations


RALEIGH, N.C. (WWAY) – North Carolina lottery leaders hope a new draw game starting this weekend will attract new players while producing more net profits for public education.

Carolina Keno is beginning Sunday at several hundred outlets statewide, primarily at bars, restaurants and some convenience stores where patrons often socialize.

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“Carolina Keno is a fast-paced, exciting lottery game,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “Carolina Keno will offer a fun, new lottery experience for many North Carolinians and along the way help raise additional money for education, the good cause the lottery serves.”

Keno drawings occur every five minutes and cover numbers one to 80. Players fill out a form to decide how many of the 20 numbers that get chosen they’ll try to pick. Ticket prices start at $1. North Carolina Education Lottery officials estimate keno will generate another $31 million for the schools in its first full year.

Approximate overall odds of winning a prize range from 1 in 3.86 to 1 in 16.63. The approximate odds of winning $100,000 or $1 million on a 10 Spot Game are 1 in 8.91 million.

Players must be 18 years old to play. Keno retailers are responsible for checking IDs to ensure players are 18 or older just as they do with other age-controlled products that they sell.

Ticket sales from games like Carolina Keno make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for the state. For additional info on Carolina Keno, go here.

If you want to also find local locations to play check out the NC Education Lottery page.

Keno begins as the multi-state Mega Millions drawing doubles its base ticket price to $2 starting Saturday.