HB485 (2013) Detail

Establishing keno.






AN ACT establishing keno.

SPONSORS: Rep. Keith Murphy, Hills 7; Rep. Kelleigh Murphy, Hills 7; Rep. Infantine, Hills?13

COMMITTEE: Ways and Means


This bill:

I. Allows the operation and playing of keno games.

II. Provides for licensing of keno game operators by the lottery commission.

III. Directs revenues from keno to the education trust fund.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.




In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Thirteen

AN ACT establishing keno.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 New Subdivision; Keno. Amend RSA 284 by inserting after section 40 the following new subdivision:


284:41 Definition. In this subdivision, “keno” means any game where a player purchases a ticket from a field of 80 numbers and selects a specific amount of numbers. A random number generator employed by the lottery commission chooses 20 numbers at random and the player is paid out against his or her original wager.

284:42 Administration and Enforcement. The lottery commission shall administer and enforce this subdivision relative to keno.

284:43 Rulemaking. The commission shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to:

I. The application procedure for keno licenses.

II. Information to be required on license applications.

III. Procedures for a hearing following the revocation of a license.

IV. The operation of keno games, including types and amounts of wagers.

V. Information required and forms for submission of financial reports.

284:44 License Fees.

I. The license fee for a commercial premises keno license under RSA 284:45 shall be $500 per year. Such fee shall be submitted to the commission at the time the application is made and shall be refunded if the application is denied.

II. All net proceeds collected by the commission under this section and RSA 284:46 shall be deposited in the education trust fund established under RSA 198:39.

284:45 License Applications.

I. Applications shall be submitted to the commission by the licensee. Proof of authority to submit the application on behalf of the licensee may be required.

II. Applications shall be made only on the forms supplied to the licensee by the commission.

III. The application form shall be fully completed by the licensee.

IV. Applicants for commercial premises keno licenses shall be submitted at least 30 days before the first game date.

V. The applicant shall certify under oath that:

(a) The information provided on the application is accurate.

(b) Neither the applicant nor any employee will operate keno games if such person has been convicted of a felony within the previous 10 years which has not been annulled by a court, or a misdemeanor involving falsehood or dishonesty within the previous 5 years which has not been annulled by a court, or has violated the statutes or rules governing charitable gaming.

(c) The applicant and any employee who will be participating in the operation of the keno games is aware of all statutes and rules applicable to the operation of keno games.

VI. To be eligible for licensure under this subdivision a charitable organization shall:

(a) Document that it is a liquor license holder under RSA 178:10-a, RSA 178:18, RSA?178:19, or RSA 178:20.

(b) Maintain a current list of employees.

284:46 Operation of Keno Games.

I. A licensee may operate keno games at his or her business between the hours of 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

II. A licensee may keep 10 percent of the proceeds from keno games. The remainder shall be deposited in the education trust fund established under RSA 198:39.

III. No person who has been convicted of a felony or class A misdemeanor within the previous 10 years which has not been annulled by a court, or a class B misdemeanor within the past 5 years which has not been annulled by a court, or who has violated any of the statutes or rules governing charitable gambling in the past in this or any other state shall operate a keno game licensed under this subdivision, or rent, lease, sublease, or otherwise provide any hall or keno paraphernalia for the conduct of keno licensed under this subdivision.

IV. Raffles permitted under RSA 287-A and RSA 287-D may be conducted at the same time and in the same place as keno games licensed under this subdivision.

284:47 Financial Reports and Inspection Required.

I. Any person or organization which has been licensed to conduct keno games shall submit a complete financial report to the commission for each license issued under RSA 284:45 within 15 days after the expiration of each license, provided, however, a complete monthly financial report shall be submitted in a timely fashion to the commission for each month covered by a license issued under RSA 284:45 on a form to be approved by the lottery commission.

II. All licensees shall maintain a separate checking account for the deposit and disbursement of all income relating to keno, except cash prizes awarded at the games. All expenses shall be paid by check, and all prizes of $500 or more shall be paid by check. No keno funds shall be commingled with other funds of the licensee. The licensee shall retain all cancelled checks for the payment of expenses and prizes for at least 2 years from the date of the check. The licensee shall not cash checks which it issues.

III. All financial reports filed by the licensee shall be maintained by the commission for a period of one year from the date of filing and shall be open to public inspection.

IV. All financial records pertaining to the operation of keno games shall be maintained by the licensee and shall be made available to representatives of the lottery commission or of the commissioner of the department of safety upon request.

V. A licensee which has been licensed to conduct keno games shall maintain complete and accurate documentation of all revenues and expenses contained in the financial reports for at least 2 years from the date the financial report is filed.

284:48 Suspension; Revocation. The commission may suspend or revoke the license of any licensee who violates any provision of this subdivision. Any licensee whose license is revoked shall not be eligible for licensure for a period of up to one year from the date of revocation.

284:49 Rehearing and Appeal. Any person aggrieved by a decision of the commission to deny or revoke a keno license may apply to the commission for a rehearing within 15 business days of the decision. Rehearings and appeals shall be governed by RSA 541.

4 Application of Receipts; Education Trust Fund. Amend RSA 6:12, I(b)(65) to read as follows:

(65) Money received under RSA 77-A, RSA 77-E, RSA 78, RSA 78-A, RSA 78-B, RSA?83-F, RSA 284:46 and from the sweepstakes fund, which shall be credited to the education trust fund under RSA 198:39.

5 Effective Date. This act shall take effect January 1, 2014.



Revised 01/31/13


AN ACT establishing keno.


      The Lottery Commission states this bill, as introduced, may increase state education trust fund revenue by $3,875,000 in FY 2014, and $8,875,000 in FY 2015 and each year thereafter, and increase state restricted expenditures by $375,000 in FY 2014, and $875,000 in FY 2015 and each year thereafter. There will be no fiscal impact on county and local revenue and expenditures.


    The Lottery Commission states this bill allows the organization and play of keno games in the state. The bill provides for a license fee of $500 per year for each facility conducting keno games. Revenue generated by the game, net of prize payouts and a ten percent commission to the licensee, is to be deposited into the education trust fund. Based on the number of bars and taverns in the state, as well as the number of facilities operating keno games in Massachusetts, the Commission estimates 250 facilities will choose to offer keno in New Hampshire. The Commission further assumes, based on Massachusetts keno revenue figures and the yearly amount spent by New Hampshire residents on Massachusetts keno games, that each location will sell $75,000 worth of tickets in the first six months of operation, and $175,000 per year thereafter. Finally, the Commission assumes prize payouts will equal 70 percent of revenue, a figure consistent with the payout structure used in Massachusetts. Based on these assumptions, the Commission estimates the bill will have the following effect on education trust fund revenue beginning in FY 2014:


    FY 2014

    FY 2015

    FY 2016

    FY 2017

    License fee ($500 * 250 locations)





    First-year sales ($75,000 * 250)



    Subsequent-year sales ($175,000 * 250)





    Prize payouts (70% of sales)





    Licensee commission (10% of sales)





    Net increase in state education trust fund revenue





    The Commission estimates two percent of revenue will be necessary to pay a central gaming system provider and other minor costs associated with implementation. This may have the effect of increasing state restricted expenditures by $375,000 in FY 2014 ($18,750,000 * 2 percent) and $875,000 in FY 2015 and each year thereafter ($43,750,000 * 2 percent).