Frequently Asked Questions About Bingo

When must I renew my organization's Bingo license?
All licenses expire annually on June 30. Renewal applications are mailed to all current licenses during the first week of May.

What are the minimum age requirements for playing Bingo?
The state bingo statutes have no age restrictions on playing call (or traditional) bingo. However, sponsoring organizations may establish minimum age restrictions for their players.

The state bingo statutes require that a person must be at least 18 years of age to purchase an instant bingo ticket (pull-tab).

If I don’t have enough volunteers to help with bingo can I use the staff at the parlor to help?
No lessor, employee of such lessor or employee, officer or shareholder of a for profit corporation which is the lessor shall play any game of bingo or participate in any drawing on premises leased by any such lessor nor shall such person be responsible for or assist in the management, operation or conduct of any game or drawing on such premises. [K.S.A. 79-4706 (c)]

Can I just pre-determine an amount to pay out on the minis. We are really pushed for time to get the regular games started and it would be easier to just have a set amount.
The prize for each mini game must be at least 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the cards or faces for that game but cannot exceed $50. [K.S.A. 79-4706 ( m) ]

Our community is having a festival and we would like to sponsor bingo at the festival. Is that possible?
Each licensee may conduct bingo games up to five days in a license year at locations different than the location specified on their license certificate. However, those locations where bingo games are conducted must be within the county where the organization is licensed. The Administrator of Charitable Gaming must be notified in writing at least three days in advance. [ K.S.A. 79-4703 (d)]

Can an organization advertise their games?
“All advertising of bingo games by licensed organizations and registered premises must include the full name of the organization sponsoring the games. [K.S.A. 79-4706 (o) and K.A.R. 92-23-40] Licensed organizations and premises with outside signs advertising bingo games must have a sign identifying the full name of the organization (s) sponsoring the bingo games at the premises. If there is more than one sponsoring organization, the sign must include the day of the week that each organization is sponsoring. Advertising in telephone books and via radio, television and mail are permitted as long as they include the full name of each organization sponsoring the games.

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