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NJ lawmaker files bill to block new keno game

NJ lawmaker files bill to block new keno game

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A new keno being introduced by way of the New Jersey Lottery Commission necessarily expands casino-style gaming out of doors the lodge, in accordance to regulation presented by way of Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, D-Atlantic.

In the proposed regulation, Mazzeo seeks to block the state lottery from introducing Quick Draw, a keno-style game for the lottery. Earlier this month the state lottery introduced 400 places around the state will quickly be offering the game.

“The State Lottery is grossly overstepping their authority by essentially expanding casino style gambling to bars and restaurants outside of Atlantic City. Having keno drawings every 5 minutes is a clear end around the spirit of the 1970 State Lottery constitutional amendment,” Mazzeo stated in a information free up. Quick Draw used to be authorized by way of the Lottery Commission as a game to be performed basically in bars, eating places, bowling alleys and different places the place avid gamers spend time eating or socializing.

(See New Jersey Lottery launches new Quick Draw game, Lottery Post, Jul. 17, 2017.)

In keno, avid gamers guess by way of opting for numbers starting from 1 thru 80. After all avid gamers make their wagers, 20 numbers are drawn at random, both with a ball gadget identical to ones used for lotteries and bingo, or with a random-number generator.

Mazzeo’s bill would restrict lottery drawings to two in keeping with day in keeping with game.

Judith L. Drucker, spokeswomen for the Lottery Commission, declined to touch upon Mazzeo’s bill.

In November, citizens rejected a plan to enlarge playing past Atlantic City.

“The residents of the state of New Jersey overwhelmingly opposed the expansion of casino gaming,” Mazzeo stated. “The state lottery doesn’t get to override the voice of the people. I will continue to staunchly oppose, as I always have, any effort that expands gambling outside of Atlantic City.”

Updated: August 17, 2017 — 10:19 pm

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