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Kentucky lawmakers could hope lottery could pay for pensions

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Kentucky lawmakers may be turning to the lottery to pay for the troubled pension system.

The proposal would institute a six percent sales tax on lottery sales and implement new games, which could include Keno.

The new tax could generate $49 million a year, and adding more games could pull in more than $70 million.  That would be enough to make the state's required pension contribution.

Another proposal floating around is to raise the cigarette tax to $1 a pack and expand slot-like machines to all Kentucky horse racing tracks -- but neither has enough support to pass.

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