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NH House passes bill allowing electronic keno

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's House has voted to allow electronic keno games to be played in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

The House voted 202-141 Wednesday on a bill projected to raise $9 million annually if electronic keno is offered at 250 sites. The House amended the bill to give local communities the final say on allowing the game.

In keno, players select numbers for each game from a field of 80 numbers. A computer randomly selects 20 winning numbers in drawings every six minutes.

The game would be offered from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Only adults could play.

Opponents argued the damage to communities of adding an electronic game to the lottery outweighs the revenue to the state.

But supporters said electronic keno is different than video slots.

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