ENFIELD, Conn. (WWLP) – At the Corner Store on Front Street in Chicopee, manager James Patel relies on lottery sales. In fact, he estimates 70% of his business comes from Keno and scratch tickets.
“They have free time they come here. They hang out, watch tv. Play keno. It’s pretty good,” said Patel.
But he may be seeing less of his customers who come from Connecticut to play Keno; the game will be available across their state in the coming year.
The agreement with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes will allow the Connecticut lottery to offer the game at 3000 retailers that already sell lottery games and up to 600 new bars and restaurants. Each tribe will receive 12.5% of the revenue.
Connecticut’s lottery had asked lawmakers to offer the game statewide as a way to ‘diversify gambling offerings.’ An Enfield shopper told 22News it’s going to simplify things for his friends who love to play.
“I have some relatives who play continuously. People go where it’s more convenient for them, one way or the other. I think it’s going to be a good thing,” said Raymond Miles.
A Massachusetts Lottery representative told 22News Keno sales in Massachusetts totaled more than $850 million dollars in fiscal year 2015.