CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire lawmakers are considering whether to allow electronic Keno games to be played in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.
The House Ways and Means Committee voted 14-5 this fall to endorse the idea as a means to raise an estimated $9 million annually if the game is offered at 250 sites. The Lottery Commission said some of the money will be from New Hampshire residents staying home to play rather than driving across the border to Massachusetts.
In Keno, players select numbers for each game from a field of 80 numbers. A computer randomly selects 20 winning numbers. The bill would require businesses to ensure players were older than 18.
Opponents argue the damage to communities with the video machines outweighs the revenue to the state.