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.
March 23, 2020
To facilitate social distancing and minimize health risks, many of our Gambling Control Board staff are teleworking. However, the Board continues to be available to assist organizations with questions you may have.
To best facilitate communication, we are asking that you contact your Licensing or Compliance Specialist via email. This will be the most efficient method of communication. To find your Specialist, please go to www.mn.gov/gcb/board-staff.
Thank you for your continued patience as we all work through these trying times.
March 20, 2020
March 17, 2020 (UPDATES IN RED)
COVID-19 Update (PDF)
In accordance with Governor Tim Walz’s emergency order and to ensure the integrity of lawful gambling, all licensed organizations’ lawful gambling activities conducted at all restaurants and bars or other places of public accommodation must be discontinued by 5:00 p.m. today, March 17, 2020.
The Gambling Control Board will not be accepting walk-in appointments at any of its four locations, but strongly encourages contact via email, or alternatively via phone to your assigned Compliance or Licensing Specialist.
For those organizations with exempt permit activities, go to the Exempt/Excluded page.
The following internal control procedures are required for all other licensed organizations:
Owned or Leased Premises
Required site closure procedures for licensed organizations using either owned or leased premises:
This must be done for both owned premises and leased premises. DO NOT leave cash in a safe or cash drawer at any location.
You must withdraw the starting cash bank amounts from your bank account when lawful gambling resumes.
If holding raffle drawing or any other gambling activity as originally scheduled, you must still follow all lawful raffle conduct requirements plus any health advisory requirements.
If delaying drawing or any other gambling activity date or moving drawing location, publicize the delayed date or changed location so people who have purchased raffle tickets understand the reason for the delay. Please email your Licensing Specialist with your permit number, location, and original date of your postponed activity. Once the information is complete on when and where your event will take place, send the new information to your Licensing Specialist.
If you intend to cancel a raffle, your organization will need to return any money received from sales of raffle tickets.
Additional Requirements for Leased Premises
Canceling an Organization Monthly Meeting
If your organization’s monthly member meeting is postponed or canceled, the Gambling Control Board will give organizations a one-month waiver on requiring expenditures to be pre-approved by your membership at a regular monthly meeting. Instead, your organization’s CEO and gambling manager can approve any necessary expenditures for the upcoming month without prior membership approval. Then, the next month the membership can approve those expenditures retroactively.
In the meantime, if possible, your organization should make the gambling report available to members electronically rather than presented at a meeting.
April Gambling Manager Seminar
The Gambling Manager Seminar scheduled for April 8-9 has been canceled. Gambling managers who need to attend the April seminar to obtain or retain their gambling manager’s license should contact their Licensing Specialist for additional information.
Paying Employees During Shutdown
If your organization decides to pay its gambling employees some or all of their regular wages--in line with historic compensation--while gambling activity is shut down, this compensation would be considered an allowable expense.
Another option during the lawful gambling activity shutdown is to have your employees do other gambling-related projects. For example, previously closed games could be re-audited for accuracy, storage areas could be cleaned out, and new house rules signs made.
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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