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Indian Casino Sees Pluses, Minuses with Keno

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Keno (MARION BERARD/AFP/GettyImages)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A spokesman for a Connecticut Indian tribe says the share from revenue for keno that’s coming will help blunt a potential drop in casino business.

The $44 billion two-year state budget sent by the legislature to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for his expected signature includes authorization for the game of chance based on the drawing of numbers.

Chuck Bunnell, spokesman for the Mohegans, said the 12.5 percent of keno proceeds earmarked for the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resorts Casino will offset any potential impact from increased gambling.

The state estimates keno will generate about $31 million over two years.

Bunnell said keno could add pressure to a “finite amount of disposable income” among consumers.

Republican Sen. Rob Kane of Watertown, who voted against the budget, said the state is relying too heavily on gambling revenue.

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