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Title: Distributor of Lawful Gambling Equipment
Alternate Title: Lawful Gambling Equipment Distributor
Description: Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Subject: Gambling
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:12:31 PM
Modification Date: 7/18/2019 1:32:18 PM
Agency Name: Gambling Control Board (GCB), Minnesota
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The Minnesota Gambling Control Board (GCB) regulates and educates the lawful gambling industry to ensure the integrity of operations and provide for the lawful use of net profits. The five forms of lawful gambling are pull-tabs, raffles, bingo, paddlewheels, and tipboards.
Agency Phone: 651-539-1900
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address:
Suite 300 South
1711 W. County Road B
MN 55113

Audience: Hold Application URL:
Renewal URL:
Versa URL:

A distributor license must be obtained by any person or entity distributing lawful gambling equipment in Minnesota. 

Lawful gambling equipment means disposable equipment that includes:

  • bingo hard cards and bingo paper sheets,
  • paper pull-tabs,
  • electronic pull-tabs,
  • jar tickets,
  • paddletickets and paddleticket cards,
  • tipboards and tipboard tickets,
  • promotional tickets that mimic a pull-tab or tipboard,
  • raffle boards,
  • disposable sealed bingo number selection placards, and
  • application software and programs in the production, play, and reporting of electronic pull-tab and electronic bingo games.

Lawful gambling equipment also means permanent equipment that includes:

  • devices for selecting bingo numbers,
  • electronic bingo devices,
  • electronic pull-tab devices,
  • pull-tab dispensing devices for paper pull-tabs,
  • programmable electronic devices that have no effect on the outcome of a game and are used to provide a visual or auditory enhancement of a game,
  • paddlewheels, and
  • paddlewheel tables.

There is a criminal, tax, and financial background check requirement.
The following persons must fill out the distributor personnel information form: owners, officers, directors, partners, managers, supervisors, persons or entities with a direct or indirect financial interest of five percent or more, as prescribed by Board rule, non-sales employees, and consultants.

In addition, any person who will be employed to sell, offer for sale, or furnish lawful gambling equipment must obtain a Distributor's Salesperson License and be employed by a licensed distributor. 

Minn. Stat. Chapter 349 and Minn. Stat. Chapter 297E 

Minn. Rules 7860-7865

Contact Minnesota's Bookstore at 651-297-3000 or toll free at 800-657-3757.

Rules: 7863.0210

Statutes: 349.161



LG400 Distributor License Application 

LG410 Distributor Personnel Information

LG411 Distributor Salesperson License Application

LG412 Distributor Nonsales Employee Information

Forms and Reports

LG420 Distributor to Organization Lease Agreement for Pull-Tab Dispensing Device

LG422 Distributor License Termination Plan

Application and other forms are available at Distributor Forms


Distributor's License - $7,000

Distributor's Salesperson License - $150

Period of Issuance:

One year.

Length of Determination: Issued upon background clearance and Board approval.
Other Info:
Activity: Gambling
Gambling Equipment
License Detail URL:

Gambling Control Board (GCB), Minnesota

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