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Franklin residents to vote on Keno in Oct.

By BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent

August 09. 2017 2:28PM

FRANKLIN - The city council voted unanimously Monday to give voters the final say on whether Keno gambling would be allowed at local eating and drinking establishments.

When city residents head to the polls during the municipal elections Oct. 3 they'll be asked for a yes or no vote on allowing Keno at restaurants and bars that hold a state liquor license.

City Manager Elizabeth Dragon said the council's action follows the mandate of Senate Bill 191, which allows cities and towns to individually decide whether to allow the game.

If a municipality approves Keno, anyone over 18 would be able to buy tickets where you pick numbers in the lotto-style game already legal in Massachusetts.

Keno will raise an estimated $14.5 million for state education grants to public schools in fiscal year 2018.

 Kelley-Jaye Cleland with the Division of Product Development and Sales with the N.H. Lottery Commission gave a presentation to the city council on how Keno would be run.

Only licensed “pouring establishments” would be able to sell Keno tickets, not stores that sell beer or wine.

Sellers must pay a $500 annual licensing fee and the principal owner of the establishment must pass a background check. Sellers are paid 8 percent of every dollar bet. A winning Keno ticket worth $10,000 or more earn the seller a bonus worth one percent of the prize up to a maxium of $75,000.

The city will benefit from Keno sales in the form of state funding a minimum of $1,100 per pupil to off-set the cost of full-time kindergarten. Franklin is among the 70 percent of school district in New Hampshire that already provide full-day kindergarten, using local property taxes to fund the second half of the day.

Cleland told Council members that establishments that sell Keno in other states report an increase in food and beverage sales from customers who stay longer to play the game.

How to play Keno

Players pick up to 12 spots (numbers) from a field of 80 on a play slip, or use the “Easy Pick” option to have the Lottery terminal randomly select for them. Twenty numbers are randomly chosen for each drawing, which are held every five minutes seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Players can wager per draw $1-$5, $10, $15, $20 and $25 and can select consecutive draws, how many games in a row they wish to play their numbers.

Winning numbers are displayed on a monitor and players win based on how many winning numbers they match. A Keno plus option that doubles the cost of your wager, allows players to increase their winnings by three, four, five or 10 times.


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