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Keno could generate income for state but not all businesses are on board

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ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

It has been talked about for years, but now Keno is coming to Connecticut.

Fifteen states have Keno, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.

"Keno is one of the best growth opportunities for the lottery we've seen in years,” said Ann Noble, CEO of the Connecticut Lottery.

She said some states are taking in between $40 million to $50 million per year.

The agreement allows both casinos to have Keno, as well as retailers, which means bars and restaurants can now start playing.

Keno can bring in a lot of money, but some businesses are not eager to take a chance.

"There’s a lot more to it than just getting Keno in your establishment,” said Bob Caravello, who manages Chicago Sams in Enfield.

He said he is on the fence about Keno.

While the game could help him be more competitive and generate revenue, he sees a downside.

He said because of the economy, people may play Keno but spend less money on food and drinks.

Then there are scratch tickets, and in order to have Keno he would have to sell scratch tickets.

"You’re responsible for them. So when the game ends and you can't sell them - say you have a book of 500 one dollar tickets - you're stuck with them,” Caravello said.

The lottery said they work with businesses to help them sell scratch tickets and they also provide the machines.

Also, a portion of the sales goes to help those with gambling problems.

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