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
February 12, 2021
Executive Order 21-07 Expands Lawful Gambling Operations at Permitted Premises
Effective Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm, Executive Order 21-07 allows for expansion of lawful gambling operations to further reopen Minnesota's economy safely.
Lawful Gambling is permitted until bar and restaurant closing time of 11:00 pm.
Total capacity at bars and restaurant is raised to 250 but maximum percentage capacity remains at 50 percent.
Total capacity at indoor entertainment facilities is raised to 250 but maximum percentage capacity remains at 25 percent.
Keep in mind that on-site food and beverage consumption is prohibited after 11:00 pm and all social distancing requirements must be enforced.
January 8, 2021
Questions and Answers Regarding Resumption of Lawful Gambling Indoors
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.
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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