The Legislative Council on Friday signed off on a second-year contract extension for consultant Camelot Global Services, a day after the state lottery director told lawmakers that the lottery is looking at implementing the game of keno, opposed by some lawmakers in the past.
Camelot’s contract extension starts July 1 and runs through June 30, 2022. The company helps the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery increase sales.
On Thursday, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley told the council’s lottery oversight subcommittee, “There has been a recommendation for keno, and obviously that is not a done deal.”
In keno, a computer randomly draws 20 numbers from a field of 80 every four minutes, Woosley said Friday. Players can select one to 10 numbers or utilize the computer-generated “Quick Pick” selection.
Keno retailers are equipped with a monitor that displays the results, he said.
A win occurs when some or all of the numbers selected by the player are matched by the computer.
The more numbers a player matches, the higher the payout.
The lottery director also raised the possibility of sales without physical cards and tickets.
Woosley told lawmakers, “I don’t want to scare anybody.
“[But] the future requires a lot of touchless and remote purchasing, so we have considered an iLottery situation, and again, that is not imminent,” Woosley said. “If we are in a situation where this [pandemic] continues and people are not wanting to go to stores and people are not wanting to [go to convenience stores]. That’s where we sell our tickets. Other states in the