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N.H. Senate Kills Keno...Again

Brian Wallstin for NHPR
The Common Grounds Cafe in Methuen

A bill seeking to legalize Keno in New Hampshire fell flat once again in the state Senate.

Lawmakers voted 13 to 10 to kill the proposal which would have allowed Keno, a form of electronic bingo, in places with liquor licenses, but only after individual approval from cities and towns. 

Senator Jerry Little of Weare said Keno would mean money for the state - $8 to $9 million a year he calculated.

“We have gambling in New Hampshire we got the lottery, we go the scratch tickets, we have bingo. I think this is a good way to democratize the benefit of expanding gaming in the state of New Hampshire," Little said on the Senate floor. 

But those against Keno argued the game would lead to an increase in gambling addiction for state residents. 

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