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Getting a lucky lottery ticket is really quite an effortless way to win. Just buy a ticket and wait for your winning combination. It is a popular form of gambling involving drawing of lots for the jackpot. The word “lottery” came from the Dutch word “loterij”, meaning fate or destiny.

One lottery format is playing Keno. It is similar to bingo and usually played at modern casinos. Some state lotteries also incorporate this game. A basic Keno game has a glass enclosure with a circular form that contains eighty balls that are numbered from 1 to 80. Then, a blower blows air into the enclosure to mix up the balls and twenty balls are drawn one at a time. It also has a computerized system that determines the wagers based on the drawn numbers.

Players make their choices on a blank keno ticket by marking an “S”. The eighty-two selection boxes are numbered from 1 to 80. Then, the players place their wagers and twenty balls are randomly drawn.

A series of pay scale choices are set by the casino. These are called “paytables” where the player gets his or her pay based on how many numbers matched the numbers selected on the Keno ticket. It is also based according to the wager amount. Keno paytables vary from casino to casino and there is also a large deviation in the house edge set for each. Many varieties of paytables and special keno bets are offered and each has its own distinctive house edge. Therefore, a keno paytable from a casino is quite different from the other. Players can choose and wager bets on as many as twenty or thirty diverse paytables in many Las Vegas and Reno casinos.

The house edge can range from less than 4% to as high as 35%. Typically, the house edge range for a non-slot casino game is 0% to 5%.

The word “keno” can be derived from the French word “quine”, meaning “five winning numbers”. It also has roots from the Latin word “quini”, meaning “five each” but the game is said to have originated in China. There is even a legend that the invention of the game spared an ancient city during war and its immense popularity helped finance the building of the Great Wall of China. The concept of using lotteries in order to fund a public establishment was not acknowledged until after the late 19th century in modern China.

This Chinese lottery called “baige piao” was not recorded until after 1847 when the Portuguese Government of Macao granted a license to legalized lottery operations. The name “baige piao”, translated as “white pigeon tickets”, came from carrier pigeons that carry the results of keno games in big cities to be sent to outside villages and hamlets.

The game was played using sheet marked with Chinese characters. Usually, the characters used were the first eighty characters of Thousand Character Classic and it was there that the winning characters were chosen. Keno was then introduced to the West when Chinese immigrants sailed across the Pacific Ocean during collaboration work on the First Transcontinental Railroad in the 19th century. The game was given a Western name called “puck-apu” and “boc hop bu”.

Scratch.Net also has its own keno game called Disco Keno. It can be found under the Most Popular and Casino Scratch tabs of the games lobby. Upon loading the game, there is a casino feel to it and disco music plays in the background. You have the option of playing all eight cards available. The keno cards are valued at $0.25, $0.50, $1.00, $2.00, $5.00 and $10.00 for both Practice Play and Real Money play. You can wager on one card or click the Max Cards button to play all eight for an even bigger payout. Fifteen numbers are preselected on each card. Click the Play button to begin the game. Twenty balls will then be drawn among eighty numbers. You can also click the Turbo button to speed up the selection of the numbers. To win in Disco Keno, the drawn numbers should also reflect on the card. The card should wins if it has 2 to 15 matching hits with a x2 to x10,000 payout. A single card can win from $2,500 for just a price of $0.25 and up to $100,000 for a card price of $10. You can also set the Autoplay feature to play the game automatically.

To reach the biggest possible win in Disco Keno, click Max Card and select $10 as the card price. By then, you must get that winning card with all fifteen numbers matching up to the drawn numbers to get a payout of $10,000.

Disco Keno recreates that lottery game feel shown in casinos and television. Sign up now for an account in Scratch.Net to enjoy the game.