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Chapter 349

Section 349.17

Recent History

349.17 Conduct of bingo.

Subdivision 1. Bingo occasions. Not more than ten bingo occasions each week may be conducted by an organization. At least 15 bingo games must be held at each occasion and a bingo occasion must continue for at least 1-1/2 hours but not more than four consecutive hours.

Subd. 2. Bingo. During any bingo occasion conducted by an organization, the organization is directly responsible for the:

(1) staffing of the bingo occasion;

(2) conducting of lawful gambling during the bingo occasion;

(3) acquiring, storage, inventory control, and reporting of all gambling equipment used by the organization;

(4) receipt, accounting, and all expenditures of gross receipts from lawful gambling; and

(5) preparation of the bingo packets.

Subd. 2a. Distributor license exemption for lessor. As part of a lease agreement on a leased bingo premises, the lessor may furnish bingo equipment without being a licensed distributor. For purposes of this section, "furnish" does not include the right to sell or offer for sale.

Subd. 3. Winners. Each bingo winner must be determined and every prize shall be awarded and delivered the same day on which the bingo occasion is conducted.

Subd. 4. Checkers. One or more checkers must be engaged for each bingo occasion when bingo is conducted using bingo hard cards. The checker or checkers must record, on a form the board provides, the number of hard cards played in each game and the prizes awarded to recorded hard cards. The form must provide for the inclusion of the face number of each winning hard card and must include a checker's certification that the figures recorded are correct to the best of the checker's knowledge.

Subd. 5. Bingo cards and sheets. (a) The board shall by rule require that all licensed organizations: (1) conduct bingo only using liquid daubers on bingo paper sheets that bear an individual number recorded by the distributor; and (2) use each bingo paper sheet for no more than one bingo occasion. In lieu of the requirements of clause (2), a licensed organization may electronically record the sale of each bingo hard card or paper sheet at each bingo occasion using an electronic recording system approved by the board.

(b) The requirements of paragraph (a) shall only apply to a licensed organization that received gross receipts from bingo in excess of $150,000 in the organization's last fiscal year.

Subd. 6. Conduct of bingo. (a) Each bingo hard card and paper sheets must have five horizontal rows of spaces with each row except one having five numbers. The center row must have four numbers and the center space marked "free." Each column must have one of the letters B-I-N-G-O in order at the top. Bingo paper sheets may also have numbers that are not preprinted but are filled in by players.

(b) A game of bingo begins with the first letter and number called. Each player must cover or mark with a liquid dauber the numbers when bingo balls, similarly numbered, are randomly drawn, announced, and displayed to the players, either manually or with a flashboard and monitor. The game is won when a player has covered or marked a previously designated arrangement of numbers on the card or sheet and declared bingo. The game is completed when a winning card or sheet is verified and a prize awarded.

Subd. 7. Noon hour bingo. Notwithstanding subdivisions 1 and 3, an organization may conduct bingo subject to the following restrictions:

(1) the bingo is conducted only between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.;

(2) the bingo is conducted at a site the organization owns or leases and which has a license for the sale of intoxicating beverages on the premises under chapter 340A;

(3) the bingo is limited to one progressive bingo game per site as defined by section 349.211, subdivision 2;

(4) the bingo is conducted using only bingo paper sheets; and

(5) if the premises are leased, the rent may not exceed $25 per day for each day bingo is conducted.

HIST: 1976 c 261 s 7; 1979 c 166 s 1; 1984 c 502 art 12 s 11; 1986 c 467 s 16; 1987 c 327 s 15,16; 1988 c 596 s 3,4; 1989 c 334 art 2 s 26; 1990 c 590 art 1 s 28; 1991 c 336 art 2 s 24; 1994 c 633 art 5 s 68-71; 1995 c 186 s 69; 1995 c 261 s 23; 2001 c 96 s 11