Town Administrators: you may have seen the letter we sent the week of December 11 to town clerks throughout the State. The New Hampshire Lottery is reaching out to inform municipalities about the Keno component of SB 191, the Kindergarten bill. Keno must be approved in each town in order for the game to be offered in establishments with valid pouring licenses, such as taverns and restaurants; and that vote must take place during the annual town meeting.
Keno can be placed on the warrant by the Board of Selectmen (RSA 39:3), or can be brought by petition of 25 registered voters in the town. In either case, the language for the ballot is "Shall we allow the operation of keno games within the town?" Whether your town is an SB2 community requiring two deliberative sessions, or has only the single meeting in March, the deadline for placing Keno on the warrant is fast approaching.
Lottery staff are available to answer any questions about the legislation or ballot requirements, and can possibly attend a Board of Selectmen meeting in person to address any concerns. Contact us Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., at 603-271-3391.
December 15, 2017. KENO 603 is on sale now!
During municipal city elections this past November, residents in six cities across New Hampshire approved the sale of KENO 603. KENO 603 is on sale now in more than 40 bars and restaurants and the New Hampshire Lottery is adding new sales locations weekly. The game, which is administered by the New Hampshire Lottery, is on sale daily from 11 AM to 11 PM with drawings every five minutes. As with any lottery game, only those 18 or older are allowed to play.
During each KENO 603 game, players choose from one to 12 numbers, and every five minutes a computer randomly generates and displays 20 winning numbers from 1 to 80 on a video monitor. A player may place a wager from $1 to $25 per game. The more numbers players match, the more they win.
New Hampshire’s KENO 603 retailers receive an 8% sales commission – the highest in the country – as well as additional bonuses. Along with KENO 603, licensed businesses will be able to sell all of the other available lottery games.
The New Hampshire Lottery wants to ensure towns across the state have the resources they need as they decide whether or not to pursue KENO 603 implementation. Interested communities would need to approve the sale of KENO 603 through a Town Meeting vote in Spring 2018 before local establishments can offer the game.
KENO 603 is proven to draw new customers as well as delight your current patrons. You’ll even see increased food and beverage sales. All equipment needed to sell KENO 603 is provided at no cost. The New Hampshire Lottery will also train your employees and provide all advertising materials for the game.
Approved establishments, which must have a valid liquor license, will pay a $500 annual license fee to offer KENO 603, according to the legislation.
We are reaching out to establishments to provide information on how KENO 603 will work and to explain the application process. Please take a moment and review the additional information on this page.
If you are interested in selling KENO 603, or have any questions, please call us Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM at (603) 271-3391.