Gambling Used to Raise School Funding

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

"Our plan is to look at private clubs to add Club Keno," said Michigan Lottery Commissioner Gary Peters.

A move that could generate $15 million for public education. Club Keno is currently offered in more than 2,000 restaurants and bars statewide and the state's Lottery Commissioner says it's time to expand the game.

"We're looking for every bit of revenue we can generate to maintain our ability to provide funds for public education in the state of Michigan," Peters said.

There are about 1,000 private clubs in the state and while all will be targeted, not all will sign on.

"We expect anywhere for 250 to 300 clubs would offer Club Keno," he added.

But there are some who don't agree with the idea.

"It's only going to create more problems," said gambling addiction therapist James Loree.

Loree says other options should be considered.

"Promoting an activity that has proven to have so many negative consequences is simply not the way to go," he added. "It's a regressive tax."

The Michigan lottery raised $688 million for school's last year, including $105 million from Club Keno. Peters adds, despite popular belief...

"Every penny of profit for the Michigan lottery goes to support public education here in the state of Michigan."

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