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Ohio Lottery Commission DownPlays Low Keno Returns

On September 6th, 2008, the Ohio Lottery commented that the sales for the brand new keno lottery game did not reach the yearly projections during the 1st month of gaming operation. But spokesperson Marie Kilbane commented that it is usually a slow sales period and it is too early to make specific projections. As of August 31st, 2008, keno earned around $7.2 million and awarded $4.6 million in prizes.

Spokesperson Marie Kilbane says that the weekly keno sakes have been around $1.8 million since the game started on August 4th, 2008 and is available on lottery retailers all over Ohio. Lottery expected before the debut of Keno that it would earn $292 million yearly to help solve the budget deficit of Ohio.

Officials say that helping more retailers up and running with keno is important in increasing profit. There are currently nine hundred seventy-four authorized lottery dealers with a goal of two thousand retailers by the end of the year. Governor Ted Strickland has strongly supported the addition of keno in the regular roster of the games by the Ohio Lottery. The reason is that keno will help produce the revenue needed to lessen the state budget deficit and avoid further cuts.


John M. Thorpe