The Kentucky Lottery Board said they unanimously voted Friday to allow the sale of lottery games online. This would include Keno and internet based sales of lottery tickets.
Keno, which is offered in 13 states, involves players picking from 1 to 10 number, with the lottery drawing 20 numbers every four to five minutes from a field of 80. Players can win anywhere from $1 to $100,000 on a $1 play.
The lottery board said this could begin in Kentucky as early as January 2014 and could raise an additional $15 million for the Commonwealth in fiscal year 2014.
But some groups are not excited about the lottery’s new online presence.
“Stop Predatory Gambling Kentucky” released a statement that said the lottery’s online presence will, “prey on the poor and creates gambling addicts.”
The organization added, “with online play, people won’t even have to leave their homes to lose their wallets.”