Keno Decision Up to Ark. Lottery Commission
Oct. 2, 2013 – Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel yesterday released his opinion that the Arkansas Lottery Commission was ultimately responsible for determining if Keno, or other such terminal games, were permissible in the state.
McDaniel’s opinion was in response to Arkansas Rep. Mark Perry, chairman of the Lottery Oversight Committee, who asked McDaniel in July whether Keno would be legal to offer in the state.
McDaniel said in his opinion that nothing in the Act creating the Lottery or in Lottery Operational Rules would prohibit a Keno-type game being offered.
Specifically in question was the system by which Keno is played, where players place bids at a terminal, and numbers are generated at specific time intervals and displayed on the same screen.
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley has suggested to the Arkansas Lottery Commission that this play style could bring in extra revenue for the lottery.
However, some state lawmakers, including Gov. Mike Beebe, are opposed to the new play style.
In June, Beebe told local ABC affiliate KATV that introducing Keno, in his opinion, would ” further exacerbate the issues.” surrounding the Lottery. He said people should focus on the dollars the Arkansas Lottery is already raising, rather than looking for more.