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New 'play in a group' lottery game has drawings every 5 minutes

Posted October 29, 2017 1:33 p.m. EDT

Carolina Keno

— Carolina Keno, a new fast-paced lottery game, was launched Sunday by the N.C. Education Lottery in more than 650 locations across North Carolina.

The new draw-style game, which is played in social settings like restaurants, bars and stores, offers players the chance to win prizes in drawings every five minutes.

Keno is typically played in a group, officials said, and friends will socialize and buy tickets as they watch nearby TV monitors for their winning numbers.

Eighteen other states already have their own version of Keno, including Tennessee and Georgia.

"Our other draw games offer the chance to win prizes in daily or twice-a-week drawings,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “Carolina Keno will serve up its fun much faster. It’s exciting to have a brand new game played in a new way and in new places.”

When playing Keno, participants choose how many numbers, or spots, they want to try and match. The number of spots they play and match determines how much they win.

For each drawing, 20 numbers out of 80 possible are selected as winning numbers and displayed on TV monitors. Players can buy a single drawing for $1, $2, $3, $5, or $10.

Approximate overall odds of winning a prize range from 1 in 3.86 to 1 in 16.63. The approximate odds of winning $100,000 or $1 million on a 10 Spot Game are 1 in 8.91 million.

Players must be 18 years old to play.

Search by zipcode to find a location to play Keno near you.