Arkansas Attorney General: Keno Decision Up To Lotto Commission

Oct 2, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says it's up to the state's Lottery Commission to determine whether it can offer keno under the constitutional amendment setting up the lottery. 

McDaniel said in an advisory opinion Tuesday that determining whether a particular game may be conducted as a lottery is a task that should first be undertaken by the Arkansas Lottery Commission. 

A state legislator in July had asked for the opinion on keno and bingo, and also asked whether the lottery could authorize draw games where the results are posted on video monitors.

Keno is an electronic game in which players wager on numbers that appear on monitors. Arkansas voters approved the lottery in 2008 to raise money for college scholarships, and ticket sales began the following year.