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
January 8, 2021
Questions and Answers Regarding Resumption of Lawful Gambling Indoors per EO 21-01 (see below)
Question: If bingo is conducted at a location where the primary business is the conduct of bingo (“bingo hall”), what is the site’s capacity limit under Executive Order 21-01?
Answer: Under the executive order, a bingo hall is considered to be a “venue providing indoor events and entertainment”. Capacity is limited to 25% of the normal occupant capacity, not to exceed 150 people in the entire facility. “Normal occupant capacity” means the applicable lawful capacity as established by state or local authorities in accordance with established codes and requirements. This number may be higher than what your organization normally considers to be a “full” when the site is set up for the conduct of bingo.
Keep in mind that on-site food and beverage consumption is prohibited after 10:00 pm and all social distancing requirements must be enforced.
Question: When bars reopen for indoor drinking and dining on January 11, may meat raffles be conducted?
Answer: Yes. Meat raffles (awarding packages of meat as a paddlewheel, raffle, or tipboard prize) are allowed provided that they’re conducted in compliance with all social distancing and executive order requirements.
Paddlewheel with a Table (“Tri-wheel”)
Question: When bars reopen for indoor drinking and dining on January 11, may paddlewheel with a table be conducted?
Answer: Yes. Paddlewheel with a table is allowed provided that it’s conducted in compliance with all social distancing and executive order requirements.
January 6, 2021
Resuming the Conduct of Lawful Gambling at Sites Now Open for Indoor On-site Eating and Drinking
In accordance with Executive Order 21-01, effective Monday, January 11 at 12:00 AM, the following restrictions affect lawful gambling above and beyond those restrictions in existing statute, executive order, and rule:
Gambling managers are encouraged to use the Gambling Control Board’s “Checklist for Lawful Gambling Restart” as a to-do list for restarting lawful gambling activity at their sites.
In conformance with Executive Order 21-01 organizations, on January 11, 2021 organizations may resume play of games that were “paused” when Executive Order 20-99 went into effect on November 20, 2020.
Restarting Paused Paper Pull-tab Games
To resume play of a paused paper pull-tab game:
Restarting Paused Electronic Pull-tab Games
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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