Connecticut lottery officials authorize keno funding

Rocky Hill (AP) — Connecticut lottery officials are moving a little closer to establishing keno.

The Connecticut Lottery Corporation's board of directors on Thursday approved spending $5.4 million over two years to bring keno to at least 600 locations and offer it to the 2,800 retailers that sell lottery tickets.

The Malloy administration must reach agreement with the state's two Indian tribes that have an exclusive right to offer gambling on their reservations. The agreement would establish state policy that keno does not void the compacts between the state and the federally recognized Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribal nations.

The compacts authorize gambling on tribal reservations in exchange for 25 percent of slot machine revenue.

The tribes insist that Keno is gambling, not a lottery game and may only be offered on their reservations.

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