What is Charitable Bingo?

Charitable bingo is regulated, legal gambling activities used as part of fundraising activities by charities, fraternal organizations, or other nonprofit entities qualifying under the Bingo Enabling Act. All proceeds from charitable bingo activities must be spent for the charitable purposes and objectives of the organization.

How old do you have to be to play Bingo?

The only age requirement for playing bingo in Texas is that anyone younger than 18-years-old must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. However, bingo license holders may prohibit all individuals younger than 18 from entering the bingo hall by posting a written notice to that effect at the premises

.How do I complain about the way a bingo hall conducts games?

All complaints can be sent to the Lottery Operations Division and must be submitted in writing. The person filing the complaint has to include his or her name, mailing address and contact phone number. To file a complaint, click here.

Can we play bingo at a party we are having?

If you want to play big time bingo you have to be a 501c nonprofit but there are exceptions. You don’t have to have a license to play bingo with patients in VA and other hospitals, nursing homes and certain senior citizen activities. Plus you can play in the privacy of your own home if the number of people playing isn’t more than 15. You can call 1-800-246-4677 (BINGO77) and ask to speak to a licensing examiner  

If I conduct a bingo game without a license what could happen?

Conduct a bingo game without a license in the state of Texas is a third degree felony punishable by imprisonment of two to 10 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000. However, there are some exceptions to the law.

Where does the money spent by charitable bingo players go?

A minimum of 35 percent of adjusted gross receipts must be disbursed, on a quarterly basis, from an authorized organization’s bingo account for the charitable purpose and objectives of the organization. All net proceeds from an authorized organization’s bingo account shall be devoted to the organization’s charitable purpose and objectives

Who benefits from charitable bingo distributions?

Distributions from organizations conducting charitable bingo in Texas benefit a wide range of charitable causes, including local libraries, veterans organizations, museums, women’s shelters, needy children, the disabled, homeless shelters, churches, schools, addiction treatment programs, medical treatment and research programs, volunteer fire departments and senior citizens groups, just to name a few

 
Is there a limit to the value of the prizes offered in bingo games?

Yes, a bingo prize may not have a value of greater than $750 for a single game. For a regular bingo occasion (excludingpull-tab bingo), a person may not offer or award prizes with an aggregate value of more than $2,500