Pennsylvania Lottery’s new Keno game now up and running

Times Leader staff
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MIDDLETOWN — Keno, a new game with drawings every four minutes, is selling briskly at Pennsylvania Lottery retailers statewide, officials said in a press release.

Keno play starts at $1. Players choose up to 10 numbers, or spots, from 1 to 80. A computer randomly draws 20 winning numbers. The more spots players match, the more they can win.

The first Keno ticket was sold at Crazy Mare’s in Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County. The first drawing took place at 5:49 a.m. Tuesday.

“We watched sales rise steadily through the morning, which shows that our players are excited to try this new game,” said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko in the release. “By lunchtime, Keno was selling at a clip of about 8,200 tickets per hour and still rising.”

Players can watch an animated depiction of the drawing they played by visiting the Keno page at palottery.com or by using the Lottery’s official mobile app. Players can also scan their Keno ticket at any Lottery retailer to see if it is a winner.

Although Keno is sold at all Lottery retailers, Keno players can also watch drawing results on big-screen monitors found at hundreds of locations. By month’s end, more than 1,000 locations will have Keno monitors with even more to come in the future. If you don’t see Keno monitors in your favorite bar or restaurant, the Lottery suggests you ask the business to sign up to sell the game.

As with all Lottery games, Keno players must be 18 or older.

How to play

• Using a play slip, players select up to 10 numbers, or spots, from 1 to 80, or opt for computer-selected Quick Picks.

• Players can spend $1, $2, $3, $4, $5, $10, or $20 per play, and prizes increase as the play amount increases.

• The number of spots selected does not change the cost of play.

• Players may play consecutive drawings.

• Purchasing the Keno Multiplier option multiplies prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 times. The option triples the cost of a play.

• Every four minutes, the Lottery’s computer randomly generates 20 winning numbers.

Players may watch drawing results on a monitor, or visit the Keno page at palottery.com or use the Lottery’s mobile app to watch an animated depiction of the drawing they played.

Prizes, chances of winning and game rules are also at palottery.com.

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Times Leader staff