|President Arch Gleason, of the Kentucky Lottery, announced that the plans to develop an online version of Keno, a casino type game, have been dropped. The Presidents decision follows close on the heels of Governor-elect Ernie Fletcher's opinion, who said that an online keno game would be illegal under statutes that govern the lottery. He added that this would violate the limits on games of chance based on laws framed in the 1891 Kentucky state constitution. |
Gleason, who testified to the legislature at the General Assembly's interim State Government Committee, disclosed the new orders to terminate all plans for implanting a Keno game. He said that the entire state lottery board would support the new decision when it meets in two months from now.
According to the lottery board, the online keno would be a game in which a machine randomly generated 20 numbers from a field of 80 numbers. A player would then try to match up to 10 of the generated numbers. The payoff, and the odds would increase according to the number of attempted matches. Some critics called the online keno, ‘the crack cocaine’ of lottery games.
Wes Irvin, Fletcher's press secretary, said on his behalf that the governor-elect was ‘very pleased’ by the announcement. A week, after the lottery board announced Gleason’s team plans to develop an online version of Keno which could be played over terminals in bars, restaurants and other locations, Gov. Fletcher took the plans to task.
The lottery board was following up on outgoing Gov. Paul Patton, who promoted keno to generate lottery revenues for the state coffers, which invited plenty of legislative criticism.
Gleason said he would not rule the possible of developing a similar Keno version, in the near future, but added that at present all plans have been shelved.