How to Play Keno

By eHow Hobbies, Games & Toys Editor

Keno is a lottery game that can be played in many casinos, as well as in restaurants, bars and other public locations. Brought to the United States by Chinese immigrants in the late 1800s, the game allows you to place bets as to the next numbers to show up in a random drawing, chosen from a field of 1 to 80. Many people like the game of keno because of the flexibility it gives players in customizing the game to their personal preferences and budgets.

Learn the Game of Keno

Choose a maximum of 10 numbers or purchase a "quick-pick" ticket from the attendant. The numbers you choose are for the next game's drawing only, which are randomly chosen every few minutes by the lottery's central computer.

Watch the Keno Information Monitor to determine if your numbers are among those 20 chosen during the game.

Make a note of the numbers you matched and read the payout chart to determine if and how much money you won. The more numbers you match, the more money you win.

Bring your ticket to the keno attendant if you have a winning ticket, or if you'd like to confirm that your ticket won. The attendant will cash in your ticket in compliance with the laws in your state, or with the rules of the casino you're playing in.

Play Keno

Visit the keno lounge at your favorite casino. Many people like these rooms because it allows for a relatively inexpensive way to gamble while enjoying free drinks. Many casinos also offer video keno--similar to video poker. This game is played the same way, with payouts determined by how much you bet.

Go out to eat at a local restaurant or visit a bar in states where keno is legal to find a keno setup. Other popular locations include bowling alleys and convenience stores.

Play keno online at one of the many Internet gaming sites. These free online games let you enjoy all of the fun of keno without spending any money. Some sites give away prizes to keno game winners.