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Kentucky Lottery Keno

The Kentucky Lottery will start its Keno game on November 4th and about 400 retailers have signed up so far to sell the tickets. The Kentucky Keno game will be similar to the one in casinos where players choose numbers from 1-80 and try to match the winning numbers. Players can usually win money if all or some of their chosen balls, match the winning balls.

You play by first choosing up to 10 numbers from 1-80. The Keno game from Kentucky allows wagers of $1, $2, $3, $4, $5, $10, or $20 per game and you can play consecutive games up to 24 games, though the maximum amount bet per ticket is $240. You would not be able to play 24 games at $20 each. You can also choose a quick pick where the computer chooses your numbers for you.

You can win cash prizes by matching the numbers on your ticket to the winning numbers on the screen that are drawn electronically by the lottery. For example, if you chose 10 numbers and match all 10, you would win $100,000. You would also win if you match 0, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9. The best odds of winning is a 1 in 4 chance and that is if you play just one number. The 2nd best overall odds for the Kentucky Keno game is 1 in 4.23 for the 7 spot game. The paytable for a 7 spot game is below. All payouts can be found at the Kentucky Keno Page.

Match Prize
7 $2000
6 $100
5 $11
4 $5
3 $1

The game will be drawn every 5 minutes almost 24 hours a day and some social establishments will also be selling the tickets. We suspect this means Keno tickets will be sold in bars in Kentucky. There are also a small number of retailers that have signed up to sell tickets and the lottery expects that number to grow as the game gets started. Usually retailers and other establishments that sell tickets must have a TV to show the live drawings.

You can certainly win at keno, but the odds of matching all the balls are pretty high. For example, if you pick 10 numbers, you usually win if you match 0,5,6,7,8,9 or all 10. The possible number of combinations that make you win with 10 numbers matched is over 184,000 out of over 1.6 BILLION combinations and the odds to match 10 of 10 are 1 in 8.9 million.

The most recurring combinations that are drawn are going to be losing tickets, but of course, there will be winners in the game or nobody would ever play it. You do have better odds on other games if you want to win consistently, but with Keno, the games are very often and cater to those sitting in a bar wanting instant gratification.