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. Charitable gambling is conducted only by registered nonprofit organizations. The five forms of lawful gambling are bingo, paddlewheels, pull-tabs, raffles, and tipboards.
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:
September 24, 2019
Latest Issue of Gaming News Available
The July/August/September Gaming News is now available.
September 19, 2019
Executive Director Named
The Governor has named Matt Gettman of Orono, Minnesota, as Executive Director of the Minnesota Gambling Control Board.
We look forward to having Matt on board and permanent leadership in place to continue the Board’s mission of ensuring the integrity of lawful gambling. I know you join me in welcoming Matt to the world of lawful gambling in Minnesota!
September 18, 2019
New In-Person Continuing Education Classes Scheduled
Continuing education classes have been scheduled for October, November, and December. To find a location near you, go to the Continuing Education page.
September 6, 2019
October 1 Deadline for Electronic Gaming Passwords
In more than one instance the failure of employees to use their individual login credentials while selling electronic pull-tabs and bingo chances has contributed to a loss of gaming funds and weakens cashier accountability.
Minnesota Rules, Parts 7863.0270, subpart 26a, and 7864.0235, subpart 30a, provide that the point-of-sale system (POS) used for the conduct of electronic games must require entry of the seller's unique identifying code to open the POS system. The POS system must record the unique identifying code of any person making any transaction at any time. The user list naming each seller’s first and last names and the seller's unique identifying code must be available on the manufacturer's portal. While unique passwords do not need to be first and last name, but individuals must be identified in the POS reporting by first and last name.
This means that generic user IDs such as “cashier” or “bar” are prohibited.
Only one user is allowed per ID and password – no password sharing.
This requirement has been in place since the inception of electronic games. Additional notice was provided in the October/November/December 2017 Gaming News and in the April/May/June 2019 Gaming News. Yet we continue to see generic passwords.
The Board has many options to enforce compliance, including the authority to deactivate an electronic device for violation of law or rule and to implement any other controls necessary to ensure and maintain the integrity of play. To avoid deactivation at your site and/or receiving a citation, be sure your gambling manager, assistant gambling manager, and sellers each have their own login, unique to that individual.
Ask your distributor for assistance if needed.
Applying for a license or permit?
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