Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday that the lottery game known as Keno is still likely to open in the state and called on the quasi-public Connecticut Lottery Corporation to be open with the public and press about what their plans are in opening the games across the state.

“It’s a game that’s probably coming to our state. It’s been authorized by the legislature and the lottery folks are working on it. Whatever they are doing they need to do in an honest and transparent way and they need to keep the public informed,” Malloy told reporters at the state Capitol complex.

Malloy’s comments follows a Hartford Courant report that the lottery corporation has been holding private discussions about the creation of Keno and that key legislators are unaware of plans to open Keno in as many as 1,000 locations.

“They are dealing with the issue and quite frankly I haven’t gotten a report from them on this,” Malloy told reporters at the state Capitol complex.

The two-year state budget approved by legislators this spring depends on $3.8 million in revenue this fiscal year from Keno. Next fiscal year, which begins July 2014, relies on $27 million in revenue from Keno.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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