Minnesota Gambling Control Board
1711 West County Road B, Suite 300 South
Roseville, Minnesota  55113
651-539-1900

The five forms of lawful gambling are
raffles, bingo, pull-tabs, tipboards, and paddlewheels.


WHAT'S NEW
features updates and links
to new or updated information and publications.


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February 2014

 

February 13, 2014

Rules Update

January/February/March Gaming News

February 11, 2014

2014 Unsession Proposals

January 2014

 

January 22, 2014

TheAdobe Acrobat PDF 2013 Fiscal Year Report July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 is now available.

January 3, 2014

2014 Unsession Proposals

December 2013

 

December 17, 2013

The Gambling Control Board now has new phone numbers for the main office and for staff.  The new phone number for the Roseville Office is 651-539-1900.  Staff also have all new phone numbers.  The old phone number will continue to work for awhile but will eventually be shut off.  Please update your records to incorporate the new phone numbers.

December 16, 2013

All Gambling Managers are required to attend continuing education once per calendar year as required by Minnesota Statute 349.167 Subd. 4 (2).  The link below is a list of all gambling manager license numbers that have not fulfilled the 2013 requirement.  Only one class remains for 2013.

 Adobe Acrobat PDF List of GM Licenses Requiring 2013 Education

December 11, 2013

Notice of Legislative Committee meeting

December 2, 2013

Attention Gambling Managers!

All Gambling Managers are required to attend continuing education once per calendar year as required by Minnesota Statute 349.167 Subd. 4 (2).  The link below is a list of all gambling manager license numbers that have not fulfilled the 2013 requirement.

Failure to comply with this requirement will result in sanction and/or fine and affect your organization's ability to conduct lawful gambling.

A list of remaining continuing education classes can be found here.

If you have attended a continuing education class and your license is on this list, please contact your Licensing Specialist.  Be prepared to provide information and documentation on your attendance at a course.

 Adobe Acrobat PDF List of GM Licenses Requiring 2013 Education

November 2013

 

November 25, 2013

Slideshow of the Director's report to the Gambling Control Board presented at the ACM 2013 Annual Convention.

Charitable gambling facts from fiscal year 2013 that did not receive media coverage.  Slideshow presentation available here.

November 6, 2013

Attention Gambling Managers!

You are required to attend at least one continuing education class each calendar year.  If you have not attended a class in 2013, please make arrangements to do so.  Preregistration is not required to attend.

Click here for upcoming continuing education class dates

 

September 2013

 

September 30, 2013

For the latest draft information, please click on "Rules Process" on the GCB Homepage or Here

 

 
August 2013

 

August 1, 2013

Revised versions of the Schedules A, C, and F files are now available for download on GCB Monthly Reports.  Please download a  new version when completing your July 2013 reports.  The July Schedules are due August 20.

 
July 2013

 

July 29, 2013

For the latest draft information, please click on "Rules Process" on the GCB Homepage

 

June 2013

 

June 3, 2013

NEW ELECTRONIC GAME REPORTING FORM REQUIRED

With the June 1, 2013 change in how electronic pull-tabs are reported to the Department of Revenue, a new form will be required for daily tracking of electronic pull-tab and electronic linked bingo receipts.  The new form, LG861e, is used to track cash in a single cash drawer used for either electronic pull-tabs or electronic linked bingo, or for both games when they are played on the same hand-held electronic device.  This form is not required if the lessor provides the starting cash bank for these games. LG861e instructions can be found here.

Another new form, Worksheet EGD (Electronic Game Deposits), was developed to track deposits for electronic games when the lessor provides the starting cash bank.  Although not required, you may find the form helpful.

 Under “Quick Links:”, click on “Forms for Licensed Organizations” to access and print out these new forms.

May 2013

 

May 23, 2013

Additional Opportunity for Continuing Education Credits offered with ACM

May 23, 2013

April 2013

 

April 24, 2013

April 19, 2013

  • Minnesota Gambling Control Board Proposed Rules - 4/17/13

April 16, 2013

  • Executive Director Tom Barrett testifies at House Commerce Committee on status of electronic gaming

March 2013

 

March 11, 2013 -

  • REMINDER NOTICE:  TAX REFUND ON UNSOLD TICKETS

Licensed organizations that conducted pull-tabs or tipboards from January through June 2012 should complete Form G7430, Lawful Gambling Refund of Tax Paid on Unsold Pull-tab and Tipboard Tickets, and send it to the MN Department of Revenue along with their February 2013 G1 Monthly Tax Report.  The figures reported to the Department of Revenue also affect the GCBreports file that is emailed to the Gambling Control Board.  If your organization did not send in their request for tax refund on unsold tickets along with February's return, and you qualify for the refund, file amended returns with both the MN Department of Revenue and the Gambling Control Board.  This should be done prior to the filing your reports for March, 2013.

 

March 7, 2013 -

  • Special Executive Committee Meeting Agenda

 

February 2013

 

February 26, 2013 -

February 19, 2013

  • Results of February 19, 2013 Minnesota Gambling Control Board meeting.
January 2013

 

January 22, 2013

  • Results of January 22, 2013 Minnesota Gambling Control Board meeting.
December 2012

 

December 18, 2012

  • GCBreports E-Filing Checklist

Did you…

 

ü  use the latest Gambling Control Board electronic schedules form found at http://www.gcb.state.mn.us/

ü  save the electronic form as an excel document with the following file name format:

·         organization license number-month-year

o   example:   99999-07-2012

·         include all five digits of your license number

·         include the word “amended” at the end if submitting an amended return

o   example:   99999-07-2012-amended

ü  attach the correct month’s GCBreports file to your email

·         send separate emails for each month’s GCBreports file or amended returns

ü  enter the file name in your email’s subject line

o   example:  99999-07-2012

ü  send the email with the attachment to gcbreports@gcb.state.mn.us

·         email questions or comments separately to your compliance specialist

ü  receive an email reply confirming your submission of your filing

December 17, 2012

  • Results of December 17, 2012 Minnesota Gambling Control Board meeting.

December 13, 2012

 

November  2012

 

November 28, 2012

  • Public Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting agenda has been established 1for meeting of December 12, 2012 to discuss new rules.

November 27, 2012

  • 2012 Awarding Alcoholic Beverages as charitable gambling prizes.

The Gambling Control Board recently received an inquiry whether or not alcoholic beverages (wine, beer or intoxicating liquors) can be awarded as prizes using tipboards or paddlewheels with tickets (Meat Raffles).

This practice is not allowed unless the licensed lawful gambling organization possesses their own off sale liquor license. Instead an organization may award certificates as tipboard or paddlewheel prizes that winners may redeem for alcoholic beverages. These certificates must be purchased from an establishment with an off-sale liquor license and must be redeemed at the establishment from which it was purchased. They may be purchased from your site lessor if the cost is 50% or less than the redeemable cash value and there are no restrictions on its redemption, such as requiring a purchase of food or beverage of equal or greater value or redeemable for a specific item.

An exception is Minnesota Statute that allows alcoholic beverages to be awarded as prizes by nonprofit organizations for silent auctions and Raffles Only.

340A.707 AUCTION OR RAFFLE FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES.

Notwithstanding sections 340A.401, 340A.414, and 340A.505, a nonprofit organization conducting a silent auction, raffle, or other fund-raising event may conduct live, on premises auctions or raffles of wine, beer, or intoxicating liquors, provided that funds from the auction or raffle are dedicated to the charitable purposes of the nonprofit organization, such auctions or raffles are limited to not more than six occasions per year, and the alcohol may only be auctioned or raffled to persons who demonstrate that they are 21 years of age or older and do not show signs of obvious intoxication. Nothing in this section authorizes on-premises consumption of alcohol.

The possible confusion may be that many organizations use tipboards and paddlewheels with tickets that award meat packages as prizes and commonly refer to these events as “Meat Raffles”. They are not conventional raffles and the term “Meat Raffle” is a misnomer for this type of gambling.

The bottom line, licensed lawful gambling organizations that do not possess their own off-sale liquor license at the site, cannot award the actual alcoholic beverages as prizes when using tipboards or paddlewheels with tickets for their gambling events.

November 16, 2012

  • Results of November 16, 2012 Minnesota Gambling Control Board meeting.

November 13, 2012 -

November 8, 2012 - Proposed Rules Changes.

  • Proposed Rule Meeting Agenda November 14, 2012

  • the initial draft of proposed rule changes have been developed for review prior to rules committee meetings.

November 8, 2012 - Update Electronic Pull-Tabs Handbook.

  • The electronic Pull-Tab Handbook has been updated with current information.

October  2012
 

October 16, 2012

  • Results of October 16, 2012 Minnesota Gambling Control Board meeting.
SEPTEMBER  2012
 

September 26, 2012

  • Requests for comments on possible amendments to ruless governing lawful gambling based on statutory changes in Minnesota Statutes part 349. See Rules Process under Quick Links.

September 18, 2012

  • Results of September 18, 2012 Minnesota Gambling Control Board meeting.

September 14, 2012 - Electronic Pull-Tabs

  • New booklet covering the conduct of electronic Pull-Tabs and reporting requirements.

 

AUGUST 2012
 

August 20, 2012

  • Results of August 20, 2012 Minnesota Gambling Control Board meeting.

August 20, 2012 - Updated GCB Reports Instructions.

  • The GCBreports Instructions Booklet has been updated 8/17/2012  to include the following information.

FILE NAME

Please name the GCBreports file that you email to us as your five-digit license number followed by the two-digit month followed by the four-digit year.  For example, a report for July from license number 99999 should be named as, “99999-07-2012”.  This will help us transfer the data more quickly to our files.

Once the email is sent, you can rename the file that you save on your computer.  For example, some people prefer to save the files with the year first and then the month. In this way, the files are listed in chronological order on their computers.

 AMENDED RETURNS

When submitting amended reports, please add the word “amended” to the subject of your email.  For example, an amended report for July from license number 99999 would be, “99999-07-2012-amended”.

 

NO SCHEDULE C EXPENDITURES

If your organization did not make any Schedule C expenditures during the month, write “No expenditures” on the first line of the “Descriptions (purpose)” column.         

“I DIDN’T RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION E-MAIL”

There are several reasons this may happen.  Below are three causes that have come to our attention along with instructions on how to fix each problem.

 

1) Email address was entered incorrectly

 

Fix: Go to your email program’s “Sent Items” folder.  Double-check the accuracy of the email address entered.  The address should be gcbreports@gcb.state.mn.us.  If an error was made, send another email to the correct address.

 

2) Your email program put the confirmation into your Spam/Junk folder

 

Fix: Open your email program’s “Spam” or “Junk E-mail” folder.  Then look through the list of emails received to determine whether you received an email from “Minnesota GCB”.

 

If the confirmation email did go into your Spam/Junk folder, add the following email address to your email “address book” or “contacts”:  minngcb+canned.response@gmail.com  

 

Future confirmations should then automatically go to your regular “inbox”.

 

3) Your email program simply won’t accept a confirmation email from the address minngcb+canned.response@gmail.com

 

Fix: This problem occurs more often for those using a company or governmental entity’s email account.  Those accounts may be set up to not accept any automated responses as a safeguard against someone purposely trying to overwhelm and shut down their entire email system.  If so, it’s recommended that you establish a new email account with a popular email provider such as Google or Yahoo.  Then resend your GCBreports file to gcbreports@gcb.state.mn.us.  If you still don’t get a confirmation, check items #1 and #2 above.

August 7, 2012 - New GCB continuing education classes posted.

Information on continuing education classes offered until the end of the year is now available on our continuing education page.  All Gambling Managers are required to take at least one continuing education course per calendar year.

Class dates, times and locations can be found here GCB Continuing Education Classes

 

August 6, 2012 - Revised GCB report file now available.

As a result of the considerable feedback received regarding rounding variances on the Schedule F, Lawful Gambling Fund Reconciliation, the form has been revised to automatically grant a profit carryover adjustment for variances of less than $2.  If you've already filed your GCB Reports for July, there is no need to file again - although you may file again if you'd like.

A new version of GCBreports for organizations with six to ten active sites is now available for download.

Be sure to download the GCBreports file from this website each month.  This will ensure that you're always using the most recent version.

Reports can be found here GCB Reports Schedule A, C, F

August 2, 2012 - Rounding variables acceptable on Schedule F.

With the implementation of the new tax forms for July 2012, you will likely show a rounding variance on line 30 of the Schedule F, Gambling Fund Reconciliation.  While the Schedules A, C, and F allow cents to be entered, entries on the G1, Monthly Lawful Gambling Tax Return and other Department of Revenue schedules must be rounded to the nearest dollar.  This will generate small variances.  For example, rounding the closed game information on the Schedule B2 to the nearest whole dollar when the actual deposit for the game included cents will cause a Schedule F variance.  These rounding variances are acceptable and do not need to be corrected.  The variances should not be more than a few dollars each month.

As Gambling Control Board Compliance Specialists conduct their reviews, they will adjust the variances on line 28 of the Schedule F as necessary.

July/August/September 2012  Gaming News Available

 

JULY 2012

July 16, 2012 -
Gambling Control Board approves standards for electronic Pull-Tab and Linked Bingo games

The standards for the electronic pull-tab and electronic linked bingo have been approved at the Gambling Control Board meeting of July 16, 2012.  Here is a link to the approved standards:  E-Pull Tabs  E-Bingo

July 10, 2012 - Revised standards for electronic pull-tab and linked bingo games

The proposed standards for the electronic pull-tab and electronic linked bingo have been revised  based on the public comments  received by the Board prior to July 3, 2012.  The proposed standards will be presented at the July 16th , 2012 Board meeting for consideration.  Here is a link to the proposed standards:  E-Pull Tabs   E-Bingo

July 9, 2012 - Reporting Distributor Tax Paid in July 2012

Because the pull-tab and tipboard tax paid to the distributor has been discontinued for games purchased on or after July 1, 2012, the new G1 tax form effective for July 2012 (due August 20) no longer includes a line for reporting this tax.  However, you may have purchased pull-tab or tipboard games in June 2012, but not paid for them until July 2012.  If so, report the distributor tax paid for these games on the July Schedule C.  Code the entry A8 and in the "Description (Purpose)" column write "Distributor Tax."

July 3, 2012 - Lawful Gambling Manual revised July 2012.

Proposed standards for electronic devices:  E-Pull Tabs   E-Bingo
 

JUNE 2012   [For information regarding electronic games, refer to the May 2012 updates below]

June 20, 2012 - NOTICE REGARDING SPORTS-THEMED TIPBOARDS
      At its June 18, 2012 board meeting, the Gambling Control Board, with advice from the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, took action to affirm that based on the federal law pertaining to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act and the prohibition of wagering on the outcome of sporting events, the Board shall not consider or approve any game form from a licensed manufacturer where the winner is determined, directly or indirectly, by the outcome of a sporting event until such time that federal restrictions are successfully challenged or removed.

 

June 18, 2012

Proposed standards for electronic devices.

  • Draft standards for electronic pull-tabs.

  • Draft standards for electronic linked bingo.

If you have any comments or questions regarding the proposed standards, please submit them in writing by July 2, 2012 to Bernice Caruth, Gambling Control Board, 1711 W County Road B - Suite 300 South, Roseville, Minnesota 55113, or  email your comments.
 

The proposed standards will be considered at the next monthly board meeting on July 16, 2012.



June 15, 2012 -
IMPORTANT NOTICE: LAWFUL GAMBLING MONTHLY TAX RETURNS

 Rounding:  Organizations receiving their tax refunds for unsold tickets from the Department of Revenue have noticed that the cents have been rounded off on their check.  Because the original refund request contained cents, while the check does not,  a rounding variance is created on the Schedule F Gambling Fund Reconciliation form. 

 

Don’t worry!  A small Schedule F variance due to rounding is expected.  Do not make an adjustment, but show the rounding as a variance on line 30 of the Schedule F.

 

With the implementation of the new tax forms for July 2012, other rounding variances may also occur.  Schedules A, C, and F allow cents to be entered.  However, entries on the G1 Monthly Lawful Gambling Tax Return and other Department of Revenue schedules are rounded to the nearest dollar.  This will generate small variances.  For example, rounding the closed game information on Schedule B2 to the nearest whole dollar when the actual deposit for the game included cents will cause a Schedule F variance.  These rounding variances are acceptable and do not need to be corrected. The variances should not be more than a few dollars each month. 

 

As Gambling Control Board compliance specialists conduct their reviews, they will adjust the variances on line 28 of the Schedule F as necessary. 

     

Distributor Tax:   As noted earlier, try to pay for pull-tab and tipboard games purchased in June prior to June 30th.    If you do pay for June games in July, report the distributor tax paid for these games on the July Schedule C.  Code the entry A8 and describe it as “Distributor Tax”.  We are changing over to a new tax calculation method in July and this adjustment will only be required once.
 


June 11, 2012

  • GCB Reporting - NEW electronic format for Schedules A, C, and F.
     

  • PAY FOR GAMES BY JUNE 30 - The line used on the G1 to report the 1.7% distributor tax is being eliminated for July 2012.  To avoid profit carryover variances related to elimination of the 1.7% distributor tax, it’s highly recommended that by June 30 you pay for any pull-tab or tipboard game purchases made in June 2012 or earlier.

If you are unable to pay for your pull-tab and tipboard games by June 30, please contact your compliance specialist for instructions on how to correctly report the distributor tax on the G1 and Schedule F.

  • LG200B Officers Affidavit - form revised.


June 1, 2012

  • Compliance specialist assignments to counties updated, effective June 1, 2012.

  • LG215 Lease for Lawful Gambling Activity - clarified.
  • LG216 Worksheet for Calculating Lawful Gambling Monthly Rent - revised. For use with new lease form.
MAY 2012
2012 Legislation:

May 29, 2012

  • April/May/June 2012 Gaming News

  • Overview - Who must be licensed, and electronic linked bingo and electronic pull-tab games.

May 25, 2012 - Frequently asked questions about 2012 legislation.

May 24, 2012 - Revised and updated LG215 Lease for Lawful Gambling Activity.

May 23, 2012 - Summary of legislative changes for 2012 updated - Page 14 for distributors and linked bingo game providers.

May 22, 2012

May 21, 2012

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