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Lottery commission asked to look at keno

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published June 24, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Commission was asked Monday to revisit the possibility of adding keno, the electronic game in which players in bars and restaurants wager on winning numbers coming up on electronic monitors every few minutes.

Commissioner Dianne Lamberth requested the group formally look into the possibility after being asked to do so by state Rep. Mark Perry, D-Jacksonville, a chairman of the commission's Legislative Oversight Committee.

The commission took no formal action on the idea Monday, but several members expressed interest in getting the full oversight committee's thoughts on keno before moving forward.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said the legislation that created the lottery does allow for keno, though there might need to be some clarification that legislators could pass.

Commissioner Ben Pickard noted there had been strong resistance to keno in the past.

The lottery commission meets next July 15.

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RBBrittain says... June 24, 2013 at 3:25 p.m.

I thought this fell under the Lottery Act's ban on "video lottery terminals", meaning the legislature would have to amend the law to permit it ...

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