Gambling Control Board
Suite 300 South
1711 West County Road B
Roseville, MN 55113
Welcome to the Minnesota Gambling Control Board
The Minnesota Gambling Control Board regulates the lawful (charitable) gambling industry to ensure the
integrity of operations and provide for the lawful use of net profits. Lawful gambling is conducted only by registered nonprofit organizations. The five forms of lawful gambling are bingo, paddlewheels, pull-tabs, raffles, and tipboards.
For Exempt/Excluded activity information, click here
June 3, 2020
2020 Lawful Gambling Manual is now available.
May 28, 2020
June 1 Restart - Frequently asked questions: Q&A
April/May/June Gaming News is now available.
Executive Order to Assist Veterans and Fraternal Organizations: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-63 (see page 9, paragraph G) on May 27, 2020, allowing veterans or fraternal organizations to lend gambling funds to their general account to pay for expenses necessary to reopen such organizations’ permitted premises.
What does this executive order mean?
This executive order is a special allowance for veterans and fraternal organizations to make a loan from the organization’s gambling account to its general account to get their posts/clubs up and running. Prior authorization from the Gambling Control Board must be received first.
How does your post/club get prior authorization?
To get prior authorization fill out form LG272, Request for Lawful Gambling Account Loan to General Account, and submit it to the Gambling Control Board. Once the form is reviewed and approved, you will receive authorization to make the loan from your gambling account to the general account.
Are there any restrictions?
Access form LG272, Request for Lawful Gambling Account Loan to General Account, here.
May 21, 2020
Guidance for Restarting Lawful Gambling on June 1
In conjunction with Governor Walz's May 20, 2020, announcement, lawful gambling may be conducted outdoors at permitted premises beginning June 1, 2020. These lawful gambling activities must be conducted in compliance with all applicable executive orders and Centers for Disease Control guidance. All lawful gambling statutes and rules remain in effect and compliance will be enforced.
Outdoor Sales Conduct
Gambling Equipment - Ordering and Delivery
We urge your organization to be patient and not restart any gambling activities before they are allowed. Any failure to comply with those requirements prior to the lifting of the executive orders will lead to the prosecution of all violations via applicable adverse administrative and criminal actions.
May 20, 2020
June 2020 Gambling Manager Seminar: A June 2020 Gambling Manager Seminar will be offered by the Gambling Control Board. Registration is required, and interested persons should contact their county’s Licensing Specialist.
The seminar will consist of a series of required electronic classes, a few optional review sessions scheduled at specific dates and times, and an online test that will serve as one of the requirements for individuals seeking to gain a gambling manager’s license for their organization. (The test is only required for those seeking a gambling manager’s license; however, the test may be taken by anyone—CEOs, sellers, law enforcement, etc.)
Individuals should plan on the electronic classes taking a minimum of 10 hours to complete.
Dates (* indicates dates subject to change):
To register, contact the Licensing Specialist assigned to your county.
Bingo, paddlewheels, pull-tabs, raffles, and tipboards may be conducted only by registered nonprofit organizations.
There are four types of nonprofit organizations that are eligible to conduct lawful gambling: fraternal, religious, veteran, and other nonprofit.
You must provide proof of nonprofit status by ONE of the following:
Applying for a license or permit?
To conduct lawful gambling in Minnesota, your organization must apply for and receive either an organization license, exempt permit, or excluded permit.
Exempt or Excluded permit:
Applying for a license or permit?
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