Columbus is host to the National Hockey League All Star game this week-end. The NHL showcase will bring thousands fans and visitors to the city as well as international media attention.
Just over a year ago, state officials unveiled the much-debated Keno video gambling in bars and restaurants around Ohio. Governor Ted Strickland’s administration billed it as a way to bring in more than $70 million for Ohio schools. But as WOSU’s Steve Brown reports, revenue figures from the game’s first year fell far short of expectations.
Earlier this year, amid a flurry of controversy, Governor Ted Strickland asked Ohio lottery officials to launch a new game, Keno. The governor said it could bring in enough extra profits to protect Ohio schools from spending cuts that were hitting other state programs. Now comes word that revenue predictions for Keno may have been too rosey, way too rosey.
Its Day Two for the new Ohio Lottery game – KENO. Governor Ted Strickland pushed the state lottery commission to add the game, so schools could collect an extra $73,000,000 every year in lottery profits. Nearly a thousand bars, restaurants, and bowling alleys are now offering the game across Ohio.
The Ohio Lottery begins its new KENO game August 4th. Hundreds of businesses with liquor permits, bars, restaurants, and bowling alleys, are having new video screens installed to display winning KENO numbers, 15 rounds of them each hour. Meanwhile, lottery PLAYERS are looking forward to the new diversion.