Keno: What is it and How to Play

Sept. 11, 2013 – Fifteen states play, and three are getting ready to join in. People win cash – lots of it – every day, but Keno is still a mystery to most lottery players.

Normally thought of as the video lottery game in the corner of the bar, it turns out that Keno could just be your best chance at winning big money on smaller bets.

So what exactly is Keno? Disguised by a fancy name, Keno is more-or-less a form of Bingo.  You choose a number or a set of numbers between 1 and 80 and enter your bet.

While it varies from state to state, you can play Keno almost anywhere it’s offered by following a few simple steps:


1. Pick how many spots (1 to 10) you want to play.

2. Choose your numbers (1 to 80) or choose a “Quick Pick” option.

3. Choose the dollar amount you want to wager. You can bet $1, $2, $3, $5, or $10.

4. If your lottery has a “Multiplier” you can choose this option to multiply your winnings by 2, 3, 5, or 10 times.

5. Choose how many consecutive draws you want to play.

6. Watch your Keno monitor… Every 4 minutes, 20 numbers will be selected.  If any of your numbers match, you might be a winner.


With a minimum bet of just $1, Keno is a lot like playing a scratch-off card; it’s instant, it can pay out thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, and you don’t need to wait all week for a late-night drawing.

So where can you play?  Look for Keno in  Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Washington, Mississippi, Oregon, Rhode Island. Massachusetts, Maryland, Kansas, Georgia, Washington D.C, Delaware, and West Virginia.
 Keno is something of a mystery to many lottery players, but like any game, you can’t win if you don’t play!

Written by LotteryHUB News Staff Writers

The LotteryHUB News team collaborated to provide this article for our readers. As always, good luck with your next bet! We’re always here to keep you on top of your game.