Nov. 1, 2013 – Kentucky Lottery players Monday will be able to place wagers on Keno in about 400 locations across the state. Keno is a bingo-style game that produces winning numbers every five minutes, and players in Kentucky can win up to $100,000 on the game.
Keno was approved by the Kentucky legislature earlier this year. In June, the Lottery’s Chief Executive Officer Arch Gleason estimated the state could see up to $9 million in Keno profits in the first year. In a Courier-Journal report yesterday, that number grew to $14.5 million profit each year.
Players will be able to begin placing wagers on the game at 5 a.m. Monday, and the very first set of winning numbers will be displayed on Keno screens and the Kentucky Lottery’s website at 5:05 a.m., and every five minutes thereafter.
Keno players will be able to wager as little as $1 or as much as $20 on each draw, and can choose to play in as many as 24 consecutive drawings.
To play, players simply need to choose 10 numbers from 1 to 80, and hope they match any of their 10 choices to the winning numbers. Each set of winning numbers contains 20 random numbers, and players who match all 10 of their numbers win the $100,000 top prize.
Kentucky is the 15th state to introduce Keno, and along with established Lottery retailers, Keno terminals will come to life in dozens of bars and restaurants Monday.