Laconia Voters To Decide On Allowing Keno In Their City

Aug 30, 2017

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Voters in a New Hampshire city will be able to determine whether the gambling game Keno should be played in restaurants and bars.

The Laconia Sun reports the City Council has decided voters in Laconia will vote on the measure on Nov. 7.

The Legislature passed a bill this year allowing keno in cities and towns if approved by local voters. The game is for establishments with liquor licenses, with net revenue going toward funding full-day kindergarten. About 50 businesses could qualify in Laconia.

Kelley-Jaye Cleland, director of sales and product development for the lottery, said Massachusetts takes in $900 million a year in its keno game, with 2.5 percent of the money coming from New Hampshire residents.

Dover, Franklin and Concord are among other cities that plan to vote on the measure.