Public hearing on Keno proposal to be held in BowBy MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent
February 18. 2018 10:31PM
BOW — A public hearing will be held Thursday for a petitioned warrant article asking residents if they’re in favor of allowing Keno to be played in town.
The hearing will start at 5:30 p.m. in Meeting Room at the town offices.
About 20 other communities — like Derry, Hooksett, Hampton and Salem — are putting a similar warrant article before voters at upcoming town meetings to see if they would be in favor of having Keno in town.
Keno 603 has 40 locations in six communities, including Manchester and Nashua. Other communities, such as Franklin, Laconia, Somersworth, Berlin and Claremont have approved Keno.
The game is offered in bars, taverns or restaurants — any place that has an active liquor pouring license.
Keno was made a funding source for full-day kindergarten programs this past summer as Gov. Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 191 into law.
The revenue from the game provides communities throughout the state with an extra $1,000 per student to help fund full-day kindergarten, another law signed by Sununu this year. Right now, the state budget provides communities with $1,800 per student, which only covers a half day program.
In the first month, more than $532,000 has been wagered thus far from the game. Between the Dec. 15 opening day and Jan. 6, locations with Keno averaged about $578 in sales daily.
By the end of January, the number topped $1 million, with Somersworth’s 2 Doors Down topping the list of the highest sales after raising $108,110.