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LOTTO JACKPOTS EVERY 15 MINUTES; Camelot keen on Keno pub game.

Camelot are on the verge On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning) is a play written by Eric Overmyer. It makes extensive use of esoteric language and pop culture references from the late nineteenth century to 1955.  of running pounds 100,000 lottery lottery, scheme for distributing prizes by lot or other method of chance selection to persons who have paid for the opportunity to win. The term is not applicable when lots are drawn without payment by the interested parties to determine some matter, e.g.  draws in pubs every FIFTEEN minutes.

Bosses plan to submit their bid to run the game - called Keno - to watchdog Peter Davis in the next few weeks.

If they get the go-ahead, drinkers will get the chance to scoop the pounds 100,000 jackpot for a pounds 1 stake, with the draw screened on pub TVs.

Camelot plan to link up with Bass to run Keno. The brewing brewing: see beer.  giant has 3,000 pubs and restaurants.

Punters would pick up to 20 numbers from 1 to 80 on special playslips, similar to those used for the national TV draws. The more numbers that come up from their selections, the bigger the win.

But anti-gaming groups claim that games like Keno, with their quick turnover, increase the danger of punters becoming addicted ad·dict·ed
1. Physiologically or psychologically dependent on a habit-forming substance.

2. Compulsively or habitually involved in a practice or behavior, such as gambling.
 to gambling.

Britain's bookies are also likely to be against the game, arguing that they have been hit hard by the National Lottery National Lottery nLotto nt .

But Camelot are determined to get their way - despite admitting in a secret document leaked to the Mirror that Keno was "at the harder end of gaming".

One of their key arguments to Lottery watchdogs Oflot will be that if they are not allowed to run Keno then other firms will. Several have plans already.

The Minister responsible for the Lottery, Chris Smith Chris Smith is the name of:

In politics:
  • Chris Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury (born 1951), former British Member of Parliament and government minister
  • Chris Smith (US politician) (born 1953), member of Congress from New Jersey
In sports:
    , could play a vital role in the Keno bid as Oflot would be bound to consult him. And with the Government trying to expand lottery funding of education and health projects - as it will explain in a Lottery white paper today - Keno could be regarded as a way of boosting the cash available.

    The Mirror first revealed in February that Camelot were considering a number of new lottery-style games.

    As well as Keno, the leaked document showed they were considering letting other countries buy tickets for the National Lottery.

    Also on the cards were a pounds 400million link-up with Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB and a possible launch stock market launch for Camelot.

    The consortium currently makes about pounds 1million profit a week. But the memo revealed that Keno could add pounds 50 million to the firm's value.

    A Bass insider said: "Everyone involved in this project is confident it will become a reality. Oflot have a choice of allowing a properly supervised su·per·vise  
    tr.v. su·per·vised, su·per·vis·ing, su·per·vis·es
    To have the charge and direction of; superintend.

    [Middle English *supervisen, from Medieval Latin
     Keno game, which will benefit good causes, or saying no and allowing someone else into the field which they will not have control over."

    Voice of The Mirror - Page 6

    pounds 4million Lotto win - Page 9

    Over the last 20 years Keno has become one of the biggest and most profitable lottery-style games in the world.

    It was illegal in America until just after the war. Then the booming casinos of Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States.  - many set up with Mob money - started to exploit the fast-play game, which is believed to have originated in China. When state lotteries A game of chance operated by a state government.

    Generally a lottery offers a person the chance to win a prize in exchange for something of lesser value. Most lotteries offer a large cash prize, and the chance to win the cash prize is typically available for one dollar.
     began to spring up in America in the seventies, Keno took off.

    It is now a huge moneyspinner in the US, France, Switzerland, Australia and Asia.
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    Author:Lottery, Lenny
    Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
    Date:Jul 21, 1997
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