Keno 603 begins today in Manchester and across the stateBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader December 15. 2017 12:10AM
MANCHESTER — Keno 603 officially launches in Manchester and other municipalities around New Hampshire today, state lottery officials said.
Lawmakers legalized Keno as a means to provide financial support for school districts that adopt full-day, public kindergarten. Prior to legalizing Keno, New Hampshire’s state budget gave communities $1,800 per student to represent the cost of a half-day program.
But under the full-day kindergarten law Gov. Chris Sununu signed last spring, communities with full-day kindergarten will get an extra $1,100 per student, whether those towns or cities adopt Keno or not.
As Keno revenues increase, grants for full-day programs could rise up to $1,800 per student, which would approximate the total cost a city or town faces giving 5-year-olds a complete day in school.
None of the money raised locally by Keno stays in the community; instead it all goes to the Education Trust Fund that supports state grants for school districts — meaning a city or town that adopts Keno may generate more profit for public schools than it would receive in full-day kindergarten grants.
New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charles McIntyre estimates Manchester could net for the state $1.3 million in profit from the game, dubbed Keno 603.
During each Keno 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.
Prizes less than $600 are paid at the establishment where the game is played. Prizes $600 and above can be claimed at the NH Lottery Commission’s Concord office.
Once a bar or restaurant receives approval by the NH Lottery Commission, the establishment can offer Keno from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week, and only those 18 or older will be allowed to play. Keno retailers are paid an 8 percent sales commission, and pay a $500 annual license fee to offer the game.
Lottery officials believe New Hampshire could generate a profit of $9 to $15 million annually for kindergarten education if Keno is adopted by communities statewide.
In November, voters approved Keno 603 in Berlin, Manchester, Claremont, Nashua, Laconia, and Somersworth. In October, Franklin became the first municipality in New Hampshire to approve Keno.
Keno was rejected in Concord, Dover, and Keene, while a recount of Keno votes in Rochester revealed the ballot question ended in a tie at 1,037 — meaning the resolution on the game failed because it required a majority vote to pass.
So far Keno 603 has been approved to launch at 18 pouring establishments in Manchester. According to Maura McCann, director of Marketing for the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, there are 169 eligible locations in the Queen City.
According to information posted at the New Hampshire Lottery Commission website, Keno 603 is set to launch Dec. 15 in the following locations:
Sweet Fire BBQ, Claremont
JJ’s Wood Fire Pizza, Franklin
Brick Front Restaurant & Lounge, Laconia
405 Pub & Grill, Laconia
Hector’s Food & Spirits, Laconia
VFW Post #1670, Laconia
Club Manch Vegas, Manchester
Frickers Neighborhood Grill, Manchester
Backyard Brewery, Manchester
Billy’s Sports Bar, Manchester
Moe Joe’s Family Restaurant, Manchester
Southside Tavern, Manchester
Derryfield Country Club, Manchester
Yee Dynasty, Manchester
Theo’s Restaurant & Lounge, Manchester
American Legion Post #2, Manchester
Brother’s Restaurant & Lounge, Manchester
Olympus Pizza, Manchester
The 25th Lane, Manchester
Solana Bar & Grill, Manchester
Doogies Bar, Manchester
Chelby’s Pizza, Manchester
Wild Rover Pub, Manchester
7 Star Pizza & Restaurant, Nashua
Slade Food & Spirits, Nashua
O’Briens Sports Bar, Nashua
Golden Dragon, Nashua
Tilted Kilt, Nashua
Shanghai Osaka Restaurant, Nashua
The River Casino, Nashua
Lafayette Club, Nashua
Sky Venture NH, Nashua
Boston Billiards, Nashua
Riverside BBQ, Nashua
2 Doors Down, Somersworth