what is the lottery game in bars

New York state introduced Quick Draw, a keno-like lottery game, into bars and restaurants two years ago with hopes that it would attract new players while diversifying its portfolio as it dealt with large declines in traditional “draw” games like Pick-3 and Mega Millions. Unfortunately, however, not everyone’s gamble is paying off: bar and restaurant owners hosting machines have reported only seeing an additional revenue boost of $13,000 annually from hosting their machines, 10TV reported.

State lawmakers are now deliberating a change to this game, which typically plays out on video gaming terminals operated by regional lotteries and located in licensed establishments like bars and restaurants. This move comes as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s attempt to close an estimated budget deficit of $1.3 billion according to the comptroller of New York state.

Quick Draw can be found at over 400 locations such as bars, restaurants and bowling alleys with drawings every four minutes. Players mark their lucky numbers on a card before handing it over to one of the bartenders or waitresses at these venues – hoping their numbers match those selected by a computer drawing system installed by a private company and implemented at all 3,000 bar and restaurant licensees licensed by the state lottery.

New Jersey Lottery spokeswoman Christina Bode says the new lottery game has proven popular with buyers despite revenue decline from traditional lotteries, though its effect on casino profits remains unmeasured; Atlantic City casino revenues rose 0.6 percent during the first nine months of last year despite limited correlation between that rise and this new game and traditional lotteries.

Critics of the new lottery game are concerned about its ease of winning and that people are becoming addicted to its gambling machines, leading to increased dependence. Critics are calling for tighter regulations and greater oversight, as researchers in other states have discovered retailers and clerks often sell winning tickets directly to customers or keep the winnings themselves, and gambling counselors have noted the increased availability of Quick Draw will strain state funds dedicated to treating gambling addictions.