Some Important BINGO Terms!!

Bingo – A specific game of chance in which prizes are awarded on the basis of designated numbers or symbols conforming to randomly selected numbers or symbols to complete lines or other patterns. Includes regular or “traditional” bingo, electronic bingo and instant or “pull-tab” bingo.

Bingo Enabling Act – 1981 legislation, passed as a result of a voter approved amendment to the state constitution that allows legal bingo games to be conducted in Texas so long as the games are fairly conducted and all net proceeds derived from the games are used for a charitable purpose.

Conductor – An organization that conducts bingo. Typically, all conductors in Texas must be licensed; however, there are certain organizations that can be granted an exemption from licensing.

Distributor – An individual or organization that leases, sells, distributes or supplies equipment to licensed charitable bingo conductors. All distributors doing business in Texas must be licensed.

Electronic Bingo – Electronic card-minding devices, which interface with equipment used to conduct a Bingo game, allow a player to store, display and mark multiple (up to 66) bingo card faces.

“Pull-tab” Bingo – A form of bingo played using tickets with perforated break-open tabs, made of paper or paper products, the face of which is covered or otherwise hidden from view to conceal numbers, letters, or symbols, some of which have been designated in advance as prize winners
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Lessor – An individual or organization that leases a location for the purpose of conducting a charitable bingo game. All lessors in Texas must be licensed.

Local jurisdiction – Typically the county or city in which a bingo game is conducted. Local jurisdictions may receive quarterly allocations derived from charitable bingo prize fees. A county that imposed a gross receipts tax on the conduct of bingo as of January 1, 1993, is entitled to 50 percent of the prize fee collected under Section 2001.502 of the Bingo Enabling Act, on a prize awarded at a game conducted in the county. Likewise, a city that imposed a gross receipts tax on the conduct of bingo as of January 1, 1993, is entitled to 50 percent of the fee collected under Section 2001.502 of theBingo Enabling Act on a prize awarded at a game conducted in the municipality. If a county and city are both entitled to a share of the fee imposed by Section 2001.502 of the Bingo Enabling Act the county is entitled to 25 percent of the fee on a prize awarded at a game conducted in the county and the city is entitled to 25 percent of the fee on a prize awarded at a game conducted in the municipality.

Manufacturer – An individual or organization that manufactures bingo equipment and leases or sells to licensed distributors. All manufacturers doing business in Texas must be licensed
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Occasion(s) – A single gathering or session during which successive bingo games are conducted. A bingo occasion shall not last longer than four hours in a 24-hour period and an organization may not conduct more than three bingo occasions in a calendar week.

Operator – An individual identified by the charitable organization as being responsible for conducting, promoting, or administering bingo. The individual must be an active member of the organization.

Rental Tax – A tax (three percent of the gross rentals received by a licensed commercial lessor or other licensed authorized organization) that is imposed on the rental of premises for the conduct of Bingo games.

Temporary License – Also known as “temporaries,” an authorized organization may receive a temporary license to conduct bingo by filing an application, accompanied by a $25 license fee. A temporary license is valid for one four-hour occasion on a specific day and an organization without an annual license may not receive more than six temporary licenses in a calendar year.