Jay Manning, who serves as Gov. Chris Gregoire’s chief of staff, says it now is less likely that expanded Keno gambling will be part of the governor’s budget fix next week.
That’s because revised estimates of how much the expanded game would bring in have been revised downward. Since it will take a fair amount of political heavy lifting to win passage of the new game, the effort now appears to exceed to payoff, Manning said.
As of Wednesday the governor’s staff said it was looking at the game which could have raised between $30 million and $50 million a year, minus startup costs. Fresher numbers have lowered those estimates significantly, Manning said.
The Washington Lottery now features a Keno game that has a drawing each day. Under the proposal a drawing could be help every four minutes. And bars and taverns could be equipped with large-screen TV monitors to show the numbers as they were drawn. The same system could also have been used for other types of games such as simulated car, boat or horse races or even poker hands.
Gregoire is scheduled to reveal her plan to fill a $2.6 billion budget hole next Wednesday.