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
November 30, 2020
Pull-tab Sales at Liquor Stores
Many gambling managers have the impression that because off-sale liquor stores may continue to sell pull-tabs at this time, and, per executive order, on-sale bars can now also sell off-sale beer and wine, that all bars may therefore sell pull-tabs. However, that conclusion is incorrect.
Only bar and restaurant locations with an off-sale liquor license may conduct pull-tabs at this time – provided that the pull-tabs are conducted in a portion of a building with a separate entrance where on-site eating and drinking was not previously allowed. Although executive order temporarily allows bars with on-sale licenses to conduct some limited off-sale, very few locations have an actual off-sale license. Again, bars without an off-sale license and a separate entrance into an exclusively off-sale portion of the building are not allowed to sell pull-tabs.
Guidance for Reporting “Paused” Games
On Friday, November 20 organizations were allowed the option of “pausing” their pull-tab games in play rather than closing them. Pausing a game means that the organization may put that same game back into play once their premises reopens for on-site eating and drinking. The proceeds from paused games must be deposited into the gambling account within 4 business days after the game was paused. However, the game is not reported as closed on monthly reports until the game has been placed into play again and then removed from play.
Pausing games creates some unique reporting issues at month-end. The instructions below are meant to help your organization report paused games correctly so that your Profit Carryover Reconciliation, form LG100F, will balance.
There are three important numbers for an organization to remember when pausing their games; the amount of their cash bank for the games being paused, their deposit total, and the difference between those two numbers (which should be an indication of what the net receipts were for the games at the time they were paused).
Organizations should take the following steps:
Click here for examples of how the reporting would work out depending on the starting cash banks as compared to the net receipts for each game. If you have questions, please contact your Compliance Auditor for assistance.
Continuing Education Opportunities
A new continuing education class on lawful purpose expenditures is now available by clicking on the following link: CE – Lawful Purpose Expenditures. It’s a video-based course presented by Nichole Engeswick, a Compliance Auditor working out of our Mankato office. Participants will watch four videos with a total combined running time of about 40 minutes and answer a few questions at the end of each video.
In addition to the “Lawful Purpose Expenditures” class, on December 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM, Executive Director Matt Gettman will be presenting a live continuing education class that gambling managers can view on their computers. The class will cover a variety of topics of current interest and qualify for continuing education credit.
Prior to the webinar, participants will need to install Webex on their computers (click on the link to download) in order to register and view the course. Once you’ve installed Webex, click on this link to register: GCBCE 12-11-20. You will need to enter your organization name and license number. You’ll then receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the class at the appropriate time. The class is expected to last approximately 60 minutes.
Information on these and other continuing education classes is also available under the “Education” tab by selecting the “Continuing Education” menu option.
November 19, 2020
In accordance with Governor Tim Walz’ Emergency Order EO-20-99 and MN Stay Safe Guidance, and to ensure the integrity of lawful gambling, all licensed organizations’ lawful gambling activities conducted at all restaurants and bars (excluding those locations with separate off-sale entrances or convenience store locations) must implement the following by 10 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020:
Remove all cash from the site for any closed or paused games* (record amount of cash by game name and serial number) including starting cash banks and deposit the funds into your gambling bank account at your retail bank no later than November 27 (four business days).
DO NOT leave cash in a safe or cash drawer at any location for any closed or paused games.
*Only paper and electronic pull-tab games may be paused. This requires a cash deposit and audit of tickets be made at that point the game is paused. A record of that audit must remain with the paused game and that paused game must be put back in play at the time the Board permits that type of game at the premises permit location. No audit necessary for electronic games.
At your discretion, all games (played and unplayed pull-tabs, bingo paper, paddletickets, and any other form of gambling for all closed or paused games) may be secured at a permitted premises that may close during the effective dates of this EO. All inventory, including any electronic equipment, must be securely stored and is your organization’s responsibility. Pull-tab dispensing devices must be powered off and the meter readings must be recorded. Please note: All games are NOT required to be permanently closed**.
Raffles (MN Stat 349.173 and MN rule 7861.0310) and Sports Themed Tipboards (MN Stat 349.1711 and MN rule 7861.0295) may only continue at approved premises permit locations if all applicable statute, EO and rule requirements are followed.
**All other forms of lawful gambling must be either (1) CLOSED and follow those same procedures as are required under normal circumstances after closing games; or, (2) PAUSED, and the game product must be secured and in your organization’s control no later than 10 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020.
For those organizations with exempt permit activities, please go to Exempt Permits.
Currently, 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.
November 17, 2020
FY20 Annual Report Now Available
The Gambling Control Board’s Annual Report for fiscal year 2020 (July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020) is now available. The report provides information on the agency’s budget and expenditures as well as a wealth of information on lawful gambling receipts, expenses, donations, taxes, and net profits. New this year is a breakdown of site income, expenses, and profits by type of operation (bar-op, booth-op, or owned premises), organization gross receipts, and whether electronic games were offered. Organizations may find this information helpful when making decisions about their own operations.
Report highlights include:
Along with the FY20 report, previous years’ annual reports from FY99 forward are also available by clicking on the “Reports & Legislation” tab and selecting “GCB Annual Reports”.
November 12, 2020
In accordance with Executive Order 20-96, effective Friday, November 13, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. the following new restrictions affect lawful gambling above and beyond those restrictions in existing statute, EO and rule:
*EO 20-96 updates EO 20-74 Paragraph 7.c.vi
November 9, 2020
PLEASE NOTE: Board Meeting Time Change
To Participate in Public Comment: If you wish to provide public comment at the next meeting please submit, by 4:30 p.m. the prior Friday, your name, who you represent, and your comment to email@example.com.
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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