The Ohio Lottery KENO

KENO Rules & Regulations

3770:1-9-55 Ohio Lottery Commission game rule number fifty-five.

(A) Title and term. Ohio lottery commission game rule number fifty-five, “KENO,” shall be conducted at such times and for such periods as the commission may determine. For the purpose of this rule, “sales cycle” shall mean any such period beginning on the date when ticket sales are commenced and continuing through the date established by the director as the final sales date.

(B) General design.

(1) Game rule number fifty-five is a lottery game of the type generally known as a number match game.

(2) Each ticket in game rule number fifty-five shall be imprinted with one set of unique numbers from the set of integers one through eighty inclusive, as determined by the choice of the ticket purchaser or the auto pick feature of the on-line gaming computer system, and recorded on the ticket at the time of purchase. Each set of numbers shall consist of at least one unique number and not more than ten unique numbers as chosen by the ticket purchaser or the auto pick feature of the on-line gaming computer system. The number of unique numbers in each set of unique numbers is dependent upon the number of “spots” chosen by the ticket purchaser. If the ticket purchaser chooses a “one spot” ticket, the set of numbers will consist of one unique number. If the ticket purchaser chooses a “two spot” ticket, the set of numbers will consist of two unique numbers. If the ticket purchaser chooses a “three spot” ticket, the set of numbers will consist of three unique numbers. If the ticket purchaser chooses a “four spot” ticket, the set of numbers will consist of four unique numbers. If the ticket purchaser chooses a “five spot” ticket, the set of numbers will consist of five unique numbers. If the ticket purchaser chooses a “six spot” ticket, the set of numbers will consist of six unique numbers. If the ticket purchaser chooses a “seven spot” ticket, the set of numbers will consist of seven unique numbers. If the ticket purchaser chooses an “eight spot” ticket, the set of numbers will consist of eight unique numbers. If the ticket purchaser chooses a “nine spot” ticket, the set of numbers will consist of nine unique numbers. If the ticket purchaser chooses a “ten spot” ticket, the set of numbers will consist of ten unique numbers. All prizes in game rule number fifty-five shall be paid out in a lump sum.

(3) At such times as determined by the director, a “Booster” option may be added as an available feature of game rule number fifty-five. If the director determines that a “Booster” option is an available feature of game rule number fifty-five, a ticket purchaser shall have the option to play the “Booster” option as an addition to any KENO ticket purchased. If the “Booster” option is chosen by the purchaser, the words “Booster YES” will be printed on the player’s ticket. If the “Booster” option is not chosen, the words “Booster NO” will be printed on the player’s ticket. The holder of a valid winning ticket for a drawing, with the “Booster” option, will have the regular prize award that is won multiplied by the “Booster” drawn in that respective drawing. The holder of a valid winning ticket for a drawing, with no “Booster” option, will not have the regular prize award that is won multiplied by the “Booster” drawn in that respective drawing.

(4) At such times as determined by the director, drawings will be conducted during which twenty unique numbers shall be selected at random from the set of integers one through eighty inclusive. If the director has determined, pursuant to paragraph (B) of this rule, that a “Booster” option will be an available feature of game rule number fifty-five, during the drawings that are conducted, a “Booster” will be selected from the following integers: one, two, three, four, five and ten. Holders of a valid winning ticket for a given drawing bearing the number of matching integers as set forth in paragraphs (D)(1) through (D)(37) of this rule and excluding the “Booster” option shall be entitled to the regular prize award set forth in accordance with the applicable section of this rule. If the director has determined, pursuant to paragraph (B) of this rule, that a “Booster” option is an available feature of game rule number fifty-five, holders of a valid winning ticket for a given drawing bearing the number of matching integers as set forth in paragraphs (D)(1) through (D)(37) of this rule and including the “Booster” option shall be entitled to the regular prize award set forth in accordance with the applicable section of this rule multiplied by the “Booster” drawn in that respective drawing.

(C) Price of tickets. The price of a ticket issued by the commission in game rule number fifty-five per wager shall be one dollar, two dollars, three dollars, four dollars, five dollars, ten dollars or twenty dollars. The player may purchase up to the number of wagers per ticket, or multiples thereof, as designated by the director if a multi-wager is requested at the player’s discretion in accordance with the number of game panels and inclusive drawings. If the director has determined, pursuant to paragraph (B) of this rule, that a “Booster” option is an available feature of game rule number fifty-five, and if a player chooses the “Booster” option, the cost of the ticket for every one dollar wager will be increased by one dollar for that drawing.

(D) Structure, nature and value of prize awards. Based upon the numbers drawn in each regular drawing for game rule fifty-five, and based upon a one dollar wager, regular prize awards shall be awarded to holders of a valid winning ticket for that drawing as set forth below. The total regular prize award for a valid winning ticket multiplies according to the amount wagered on the ticket. If a valid winning ticket shows a wager of two dollars, three dollars, four dollars, five dollars, ten dollars or twenty dollars per drawing, the regular prize award shown below for a one dollar wager shall multiply according to the wager amount shown on the valid winning ticket for that drawing.

(1) If the valid winning ticket is a “ten spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches zero integers, and only zero, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of five dollars;

(2) If the valid winning ticket is a “ten spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches five integers, and only five, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of two dollars;

(3) If the valid winning ticket is a “ten spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches six integers, and only six, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of ten dollars;

(4) If the valid winning ticket is a “ten spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches seven integers, and only seven, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of fifty dollars;

(5) If the valid winning ticket is a “ten spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches eight integers, and only eight, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of five hundred dollars;

(6) If the valid winning ticket is a “ten spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches nine integers, and only nine, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of five thousand dollars;

(7) If the valid winning ticket is a “ten spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches ten integers, and only ten, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of one hundred thousand dollars;

(8) If the valid winning ticket is a “nine spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches four integers, and only four, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of two dollars;

(9) If the valid winning ticket is a “nine spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches five integers, and only five, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of five dollars;

(10) If the valid winning ticket is a “nine spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches six integers, and only six, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of twenty dollars;

(11) If the valid winning ticket is a “nine spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches seven integers, and only seven, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of one hundred dollars;

(12) If the valid winning ticket is a “nine spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches eight integers, and only eight, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of two thousand dollars;

(13) If the valid winning ticket is a “nine spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches nine integers, and only nine, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of twenty-five thousand dollars;

(14) If the valid winning ticket is a “eight spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches four integers, and only four, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of two dollars;

(15) If the valid winning ticket is a “eight spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches five integers, and only five, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of fifteen dollars;

(16) If the valid winning ticket is a “eight spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches six integers, and only six, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of fifty dollars;

(17) If the valid winning ticket is a “eight spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches seven integers, and only seven, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of three hundred dollars;

(18) If the valid winning ticket is a “eight spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches eight integers, and only eight, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of ten thousand dollars;

(19) If the valid winning ticket is a “seven spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches three integers, and only three, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of one dollar;

(20) If the valid winning ticket is a “seven spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches four integers, and only four, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of five dollars;

(21) If the valid winning ticket is a “seven spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches five integers, and only five, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of eleven dollars;

(22) If the valid winning ticket is a “seven spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches six integers, and only six, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of one hundred dollars;

(23) If the valid winning ticket is a “seven spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches seven integers, and only seven, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of two thousand dollars;

(24) If the valid winning ticket is a “six spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches three integers, and only three, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of one dollar;

(25) If the valid winning ticket is a “six spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches four integers, and only four, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of seven dollars;

(26) If the valid winning ticket is a “six spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches five integers, and only five, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of fifty-seven dollars;

(27) If the valid winning ticket is a “six spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches six integers, and only six, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of one thousand one hundred dollars;

(28) If the valid winning ticket is a “five spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches three integers, and only three, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of two dollars;

(29) If the valid winning ticket is a “five spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches four integers, and only four, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of eighteen dollars;

(30) If the valid winning ticket is a “five spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches five integers, and only five, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of four hundred ten dollars;

(31) If the valid winning ticket is a “four spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches two integers, and only two, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of one dollar;

(32) If the valid winning ticket is a “four spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches three integers, and only three, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of five dollars;

(33) If the valid winning ticket is a “four spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches four integers, and only four, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of seventy-two dollars;

(34) If the valid winning ticket is a “three spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches two integers, and only two, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of two dollars;

(35) If the valid winning ticket is a “three spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches three integers, and only three, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of twenty-seven dollars;

(36) If the valid winning ticket is a “two spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches two integers, and only two, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of eleven dollars; and

(37) If the valid winning ticket is a “one spot” ticket, and if the valid winning ticket bears a selection that matches one integer, and only one, of the twenty integers drawn, the holder of the valid winning ticket shall win a regular prize award of two dollars.

(38) If the director has determined, pursuant to paragraph (B) of this rule, that a “Booster” option is an available feature of game rule number fifty-five, holders of a valid winning ticket for a given drawing bearing the number of matching integers as set forth in paragraphs (D)(1) through (D)(37) of this rule and including the “Booster” option shall be entitled to the regular prize award set forth in accordance with the applicable section of this rule multiplied by the “Booster” drawn in that respective drawing. The director shall have the option to change the prizes and percentages which represent the prize pools in each of the categories referred to in paragraphs (D)(1) through (D)(38) of this rule.

(39) No amounts shall remain in the prize funds described in this rule after any given drawing, whether or not a winning ticket was issued for those prizes, and no prize amounts shall be carried forward in the same fund for the next drawing. Any amounts remaining in the prize pools described in this rule after any given drawing, due to residual amounts after prize disbursements, shall be retained by the commission.

(40) In a single game rule number fifty-five drawing, a claimant may win in only one prize category per wager as a result of possessing winning numbers, and shall be entitled to only the highest prize level won.

(E) For each individual drawing, there shall be a jackpot prize cap of twenty million dollars for tickets bearing selections which match all ten integers drawn on a “ten spot” ticket and/or where the “Booster” option is an available feature. In the event the prize sum of all winning tickets which match all ten integers drawn on a “ten spot” ticket and/or where the “Booster” option is an available feature exceeds twenty million dollars, each ticket shall be awarded a proportional share of the twenty million dollar jackpot prize cap by dividing each ticket’s winning jackpot prize total by the total of all winning jackpot prizes to determine each ticket’s proportional share of the twenty million dollars. For each individual drawing, there shall be a jackpot prize cap of twenty million dollars for tickets bearing selections which match all nine integers drawn on a “nine spot” ticket and/or where the “Booster” option is an available feature. In the event the prize sum of all winning tickets which match all nine integers drawn on a “nine spot” ticket and/or where the “Booster” option is an available feature exceeds twenty million dollars, each ticket shall be awarded a proportional share of the twenty million dollar jackpot prize cap by dividing each ticket’s winning jackpot prize total by the total of all winning jackpot prizes to determine each ticket’s proportional share of the twenty million dollars. For each individual drawing, there shall be a jackpot prize cap of twenty million dollars for tickets bearing selections which match all eight integers drawn on a “eight spot” ticket and/or where the “Booster” option is an available feature. In the event the prize sum of all winning tickets which match all eight integers drawn on a “eight spot” ticket and/or where the “Booster” option is an available feature exceeds twenty million dollars, each ticket shall be awarded a proportional share of the twenty million dollar jackpot prize cap by dividing each ticket’s winning jackpot prize total by the total of all winning jackpot prizes to determine each ticket’s proportional share of the twenty million dollars.

(F) Frequency of prize drawings. Drawings shall be held at times determined by the director.

(G) Manner of prize drawings.

(1) Prize drawings shall be open to the public and may be held at such places in the state that the director shall determine. The director shall inform the public as to the time and place of each prize drawing.

(2) All holders of valid tickets for a given drawing are eligible to win that drawing. If the holder of a winning ticket does not have the ticket fully validated and the prize is not claimed and presented for payment within one hundred eighty days after the date of the drawing, in accordance with the procedures set forth in lottery rules, such unclaimed prize shall be paid into the state lottery fund and distributed in accordance with section 3770.06 of the Revised Code.

(3) All drawings in game rule number fifty-five will be conducted in accordance with random procedures approved by the director. For every drawing in game rule fifty-five, the director will approve procedures and mechanisms for the selection of winners and the awarding of prizes in order that random selection by the on-line computer system will be achieved.

(4) The director reserves the right to suspend or cancel any drawings or the game itself, change the prize structure, frequency of drawings or draw dates.

(5) Drawing refers to the process of randomly selecting by computer the winning numbers, and “Booster” if the director has determined, pursuant to paragraph (B) of this rule, that a “Booster” option will be an available feature of game rule number fifty-five, which determine the winners for each prize level for a particular game.

(H) Validity of tickets.

(1) Each purchaser of tickets in game rule number fifty-five shall be responsible for verifying that the numbers imprinted on such tickets are those requested by the purchaser of the ticket, that the purchase price paid is the price recorded on such ticket, and that such ticket has recorded thereon the type of wager(s) and the drawing(s) number and the drawing date(s) for the game thereof that the purchaser desired to make. The Ohio lottery commission shall be free of any liability in connection with this paragraph.

(2) Each ticket issued in game rule number fifty-five shall have imprinted thereon at the time of purchase a control number, bar code data, or both supplied by the commission. No prize shall be paid by the commission for any tickets without such control number or bar code data.

(3) All winning tickets in game rule number fifty-five are subject to validation by the on-line gaming system computer system under procedures established by the director before payment of any prize.

(4) The only basis for a valid claim is compliance with Ohio laws and commission rules and regulations. No valid claim may be premised on human, electronic, or other error in the communication, display or transmission of data, however recorded, displayed or transmitted. No valid claim can be premised upon any intentional human, electronic or other form of communication or transmission of data, which has not been authorized by the lottery commission.

(5) In addition to, but not in limitation of, all other power and authority conferred on the director by the commission’s rules, the director may declare a ticket in game rule number fifty-five void if it is stolen, not sold or deemed not sold in accordance with commission rules; if it is illegible, altered, or counterfeit; or if the tickets fails any of the validation tests of procedures established by the director. The commission’s liability and responsibility for a ticket declared void, if any, is limited to refund of the retail sales price of the ticket.

(I) Director’s conduct of game rule number fifty-five.

(1) The director shall conduct game rule number fifty-five in a manner consistent with the Lottery Act, the rules of the commission, including without limitation this rule, and the regulations of the director. As deemed necessary and advisable, the director shall adopt management regulations, orders or directives to implement and operate this lottery game.

(2) Names and definitions of elements of game rule number fifty-five used in this rule are considered generic terms used solely for the purpose of this rule. In actual operation, game rule number fifty-five and these elements may be given names and titles chosen by the commission.

(3) The director shall have discretion to combine existing or future games for promotional purposes in order to increase revenues and to create a different payment structure for prizes to be paid if games are combined, and to authorize any funding mechanism the director deems necessary to accomplish payment of any prize pool.

Effective: 05/22/2008
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