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                       BINGO

                       Why Is Bingo Regulated By The State?

                       Despite its social and innocent appearance, bingo is a form of legalized
                       gambling. In 1939 the playing of bingo was authorized by the Connecticut
                       General Assembly, subject to municipal approval. State oversight of bingo
                       activity has been required by the General Assembly by means of laws and
                       regulations to prevent fraud and protect the public. The Executive Director
                       of the Division of Special Revenue is the permit issuing and regulatory
                       authority for bingo.

                       Why Do Authorized Bingos Have To Use The Division's Internal
                       Control Form?

                       They do not. The Division developed an internal control form for the use of
                       its permittees. The form has not been mandated. Organizations may use
                       the Division form or their own control form if they prefer, as long as it meets
                       the Division's basic requirements. It is important to maintain adequate
                       control of bingo activity. In order to do so, organizations need to pre-count
                       and post count their bingo paper, which must be sold at a uniform unit
                       price, and they need to account for their admissions and the sale of bingo
                       cards or sheets by individual worker. Without these procedures, there is no
                       way an organization can know with certainty how much money it should
                       have taken in during a session, or where any shortage or overage, if any,
                       occurred.

                       How Old Must A Person Be To Play Bingo?

                       Under Connecticut law there is no age prohibition with respect to who may
                       play bingo. Accordingly, any adult or child may play the game.

                       Who Can Work At A Bingo Game? Can Bingo Workers Be Paid?

                       In order to work at a bingo game, a person must have reached the age of
                       eighteen, have been a bona fide member of at least one sponsoring
                       organization conducting bingo for at least six months, and have registered
                       with the Executive Director of the Division of Special Revenue. Bingo workers
                       are expected to be volunteers and cannot be paid. State bingo regulations
                       provide that no commission, salary, compensation or gift shall be paid or
                       given to any person conducting or assisting in the conduct of bingo, directly
                       or indirectly.

                       Can There Be More Than One Winner On A Single Bingo Card Face?

                       No. The State bingo regulations provide that each bingo card or sheet shall
                       have an equal opportunity to be a winner. In developing this regulatory
                       provision, it was understood that each card or sheet was represented by a
                       single face. With the evolution of bingo, players may now have bingo cards
                       with multiple faces containing winners on different faces; however, each face
                       may only win once.
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Why Can't Card Games Be Played For Cash At Bingo?

The bingo regulations do not authorize card games as permissible games of
chance to be conducted at a bingo game. Only certain authorized charitable
gaming activities, such as sealed ticket games or raffles may be conducted.
However, card games without the element of cash or consideration are

allowed for entertainment purposes.

May Bingo Door Prize Coupons Be Rolled Over From One Session To
Another And A Door Prize Drawing Held Once A Month?

Yes. A bingo door prize is not a game of chance, as there is no charge or
consideration for the right to a chance. The right comes with a person's
admission to bingo. Therefore, door prize coupons may be rolled over for a
desired period of time. The only restriction would be that the aggregate
value of any door prize(s) to be awarded would not be able to exceed two
hundred dollars.

When Operating A Winner-Take-All Game At Bingo, Why Can't An
Organization Round Up Or Down To The Next Nearest Dollar?

Rounding up or down to the next nearest dollar is not allowed at bingo
because the practice would likely result in violation of the statutory
requirement that ninety per cent of all winner-take-all game receipts be
awarded as prizes. As the Division of Special Revenue is responsible for
ensuring the integrity of authorized activity, it cannot condone a practice
which would likely result in a statutory violation.

Can Bingo Admissions, Cards Or Sheets Be Purchased As Gift
Certificates?

No. Bingo admissions, cards or sheets may not be purchased as gift
certificates because such an activity would violate the provision of the State
bingo regulations providing that all bingo cards shall be purchased, winners
determined and prizes awarded within the same calendar day, whenever
bingo is played.

Are "Good Will" Payments Allowed At Bingo?

"Good Will" payments are allowed at bingo as promotional good faith
gestures when a winner has been inadvertently overlooked or some other
error has resulted in the likelihood that a person entitled to bingo prize
money would otherwise not be rewarded. Such payments are not viewed as
prize payouts, which could conceivably exceed the statutory prize limits.
They are viewed as promotional expenses which should be reflected as such
on the front of an organization's Ten Day Bingo Report return, under the
Expense section, line 3, "Other expenses"


REGARDING THE REPEAL OF THE USE OF CASH
"MONEY-WHEEL" AND MERCHANDISE PRIZE
WHEEL GAMES

What is the connection between the repeal of the Las Vegas night law
and the use of "money-wheel" and merchandise prize wheel games?

The legislation repealing the Las Vegas night law included the repeal of the
language allowing "money-wheel" games. The Division of Special Revenue
was advised by the Attorney General that the merchandise prize wheel
games are the same as cash "money-wheel" games, and should no longer be
authorized.

Who may we contact in order to address reinstating the
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"money-wheel" and merchandise prize wheel games?

You may contact your legislator.

Can an organization possess its own "money-wheels" and
merchandise prize wheels and utilize them without a permit?

No. The use of "money-wheels" and merchandise prize wheels was repealed
effective January 7, 2003. It would not be legal to utilize this equipment for
any purpose.

Are there any other games of chance being considered to replace the
merchandise prize wheel games?

In order to assist organizations that have been affected by the repeal of the
use of these items of equipment, we have been advising them of alternative
games which may be played at their bazaar events. We feel that one game in
particular, "blower ball", may be of interest to many organizations. This
game would be played in a similar manner as the merchandise prize wheel
game, except a blower machine (such as a bingo blower machine) filled with
numbered balls, would be used to determine the winner, rather than the
spin of a wheel. This game is also commonly referred to as "cage ball",
whereby the numbered balls are placed into a round or oval cage (similar to
a bingo cage device), which is spun manually by its handle in order to
determine the winner of the prize.




REGARDING THE REPEAL OF THE GAMES OF
CHANCE ACT

How does the repeal of the Games of Chance Act effect public or
nonpublic secondary schools, or a group of parents of students
attending such a school, or of the teachers or administrators of such a
school that annually hold recreational Las Vegas night events in
connection with high school after-graduation or after-prom parties?

The Games of Chance Act governing Las Vegas night events was repealed
effective January 7, 2003. Accordingly, nonprofit organizations, including
public and nonpublic secondary schools and associated groups of parents or
teachers and administrators, are no longer able to conduct Las Vegas night
events within the State of Connecticut.

Where in the Connecticut General Statutes did it require public or
nonpublic secondary schools, or a group of parents of students
attending such a school, or of the teachers or administrators of such a
school to obtain a permit to conduct Las Vegas night events in
connection with high school after-graduation or after-prom parties?

The section of the general statutes that allowed those organizations to have
Las Vegas night events in connection with high school after-graduation or
after-prom parties, prior to repeal of the Games of Chance Act, was Section
7-186a (c).

Can the students of a public or nonpublic secondary school, or a group
of parents of students attending such a school, or the teachers or
administrators of such a school, play card games in connection with
high school after-graduation or after-prom parties?
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Since the Games of Chance Act was repealed, card games that were played
at Las Vegas night events, such as blackjack and poker, may no longer be
played for recreational purposes in connection with high school
after-graduation or after-prom parties.

Can an organization build its own games of chance (Las Vegas
Nights) equipment and utilize it without a permit?

No. The Games of Chance Act was repealed effective January 7, 2003. It
would not be legal to utilize this equipment for any purpose.

What other charitable gaming activities are permissible?

The activities that are currently permissible include, bingo, bazaars, raffles
and sealed ticket sales. These activities must be conducted with the intent
of raising funds for the worthy purposes of the organization. Organizations
desiring to conduct one or more of these activities may contact the
Charitable Games Section, at 1-800-338-6331 or (860) 594-5480, for
assistance in obtaining the requisite permit(s).




REGARDING POKER GAMES or TOURNAMENTS at
COMMERICAL BARS

Is it legal in Connecticut to play poker for money or anything else of
value?

According to Section 53-278a of the General Statutes of Connecticut, poker
is listed as one of the forms of gambling that are illegal in Connecticut.
Section 53-278b exempts from prosecution and punishment people who
gamble “incidental to a bona fide social relationship” as long as no one other
than the participants receives anything from the game. Both the Division of
Special Revenue and the Attorney General have determined that the hosting
of poker games or tournaments at commercial bars or similar
establishments would violate Connecticut law. Poker can be played legally at
the two tribal casinos.




REGARDING INTERNET GAMBLING

Is Internet gambling legal in Connecticut?

The State of Connecticut and the Division of Special Revenue do not
authorize, license, permit, or regulate in any manner any Internet gambling
in any form. Under General Statutes of Connecticut Section 53-278a(2) any
gambling activity in Connecticut is illegal unless specifically authorized by
law. Neither the state legislature nor any state agency has approved any
form of gambling on the Internet including the purchasing of raffle tickets.
Even if a gambling website is legal in another jurisdiction, such as a foreign
country or another state, it is illegal to use that site to gamble from within
Connecticut.

				
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