Gambling Control Board
Suite 300 South
1711 West County Road B
Roseville, MN 55113
This section features updates and links to new or updated information and publications related to lawful gambling.
Sale and Redemption of Pull-Tabs in Minneapolis While Bar Service is Suspended:
Pull-tab booths may remain open at Minneapolis bars and restaurants while bar service is suspended. Customers may go up to the pull-tab booth to purchase and redeem winning tickets. However, players may not loiter or open tickets in the booth area and all applicable social distancing requirements must be followed.
Customers may also purchase pull-tab tickets directly from a pull-tab dispensing device at locations where they are available. Winning tickets may be redeemed at the bar. However, players may not loiter or open tickets at the bar and all applicable social distancing requirements must be followed.
July 16, 2020
Information on accessing the July 20 Board meeting.
July 15, 2020
Submitting Organization Annual Financial Audits to the Gambling Control Board: Licensed organizations are required to submit an annual financial audit of gambling activities to the Minnesota Department of Revenue if their gambling gross receipts are $750,000 or more at the end of their fiscal year (Minnesota Statute 297E.06, subd. 4).
Beginning August 1, 2020, when an organization submits an annual financial audit to the Department of Revenue, it must also email an electronic copy of that audit to the Gambling Control Board (Minnesota Statute 349.19, subd. 12). Do not submit any audit to the Board that was filed with the Department of Revenue prior to August 1, 2020, regardless of the Department of Revenue’s due date for that audit.
Email annual financial audits to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the organization’s license number in the subject line of your email. Only electronic copies emailed to the above address will be accepted. Please do not mail or deliver a paper copy of the audit to the Gambling Control Board.
Q. If an organization applies to the Department of Revenue for an annual audit filing extension, does the organization also need to apply for an extension with the Gambling Control Board?
A. No. The electronic copy is not due to the Gambling Control Board until the day it is actually filed with the Department of Revenue.
Q. In what format would you like the electronic copy emailed to the Gambling Control Board?
A. Please submit the audit as a PDF file. This will ensure that the Board staff is able to view the audit contents.
Q. What will the Gambling Control Board do with our audit information?
A. The audits will be reviewed to identify any information that warrants follow-up by your assigned compliance specialist.
Q. May our CPA email the Gambling Control Board an electronic copy of our audit or does it need to be sent by our gambling manager?
A. The CPA may email an electronic copy of the audit directly to the Gambling Control Board at the same time that the audit is mailed to the Department of Revenue.
July 2, 2020
June 29, 2020
Clarification - Audit Requirement Effective Date: The annual audit requirement contained in the 2020 legislation is effective August 1. More information on procedures for submitting the audit, in electronic format, will be posted by July 15.
View the 2020 Legislative Summary
County Assignment Map: Each licensed organization is assigned a Licensing Specialist and a Compliance Specialist based on the organization’s home county (the county in which the organization’s mailing address is located). Licensing Specialists answer questions about license applications and renewals, premises permits, off-site permits, leases, updating officer affidavits, and any other topic related to licensing information and qualifications. Compliance Specialists answer questions regarding the conduct of lawful gambling, expenditures, and monthly membership and financial reports. Compliance Specialist are also a first contact for allegations of violations or illegal activity.
People who work with organizations in multiple counties, such as accountants or software providers, may find the June 2020 County Assignment Map helpful as a quick reference. It shows the Compliance and Licensing Specialist for each county along with their phone numbers. Click on this link, 2020 County Assignment Map, to download the map.
June 24, 2020
Lawful Gambling Legislation Signed by Governor Walz: The Board’s 2020 legislation, which was passed during the Special Session, was signed into law by Governor Walz on June 23, 2020. All but one provision are COVID-19 relief provisions. The one non-COVID-19 provision requires the annual audit that is required to be submitted to Revenue to also be submitted to the Gambling Control Board.
View the 2020 Legislative Summary
Survey Results on Inappropriate Lessor Pressure: Thank you to all who responded to the Gambling Control Board’s survey in the Gaming News about various types of pressure that lessors placed on licensed lawful gambling organizations. Alarmingly, nearly 1 in every 3 respondents experienced pressure from their lessor on the type of games to offer.
Of the 188 respondents, the following affirmative responses were received to the six survey questions:
Additionally, around 30 respondents provided detailed examples of lessor pressure on their licensed organization. If any one of those 30 examples were submitted to the Board as a complaint and verified after an investigation, they may prove to be a regulatory or statutory violation. Please remember that the Board stands ready to investigate any submitted complaint. Information on how to file a complaint can be found via this link.
While it’s appropriate to take a lessor’s suggestions into consideration, ultimate control of an organization’s lawful gambling compliance with rules and statutes lies with the gambling manager. The licensed gambling organizations get to choose the forms of gambling offered for sale, buy games from their choice of licensed distributors, and decide who to employ in support of their organization’s lawful gambling operations. In order to pursue the most appropriate and effective course of action, the Board plans to address, through consultations with all stakeholders, this complicated issue of inappropriate lessor pressure.
The Board stands ready to assist all licensed lawful gambling organizations with questions or concerns about licensed organizations and their lessors to provide a lawful, safe, and fun environment for lawful gambling.
June 9, 2020
To Attend the 6/15/20 Board Meeting via WebEx: Prior to the 10:00 a.m. meeting start time, call 1-855-282-6330. At the prompt, enter meeting ID 146 440 7931, followed by the # key. You may be asked for extra information, but you may hit the # key again and you will be taken to the meeting.
To Participate in Public Comment at the 6/15/20 Board Meeting: If you wish to provide public comment, please submit by 4:30 p.m. on June 11, 2020, your name, who you represent, and your comment to email@example.com.
June 8, 2020
Lawful Gambling Can Move Indoors Starting Wednesday, June 10
Per Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-74 (see page 7, paragraph vi), starting Wednesday, June 10, 2020, bars, restaurants, and other places of public accommodation may provide indoor and outdoor service subject to certain requirements as follows:
June 3, 2020
2020 Lawful Gambling Manual is now available.
May 28, 2020
June 1 Restart - Frequently asked questions: Q&A
April/May/June Gaming News is now available.
Executive Order to Assist Veterans and Fraternal Organizations: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-63 (see page 9, paragraph G) on May 27, 2020, allowing veterans or fraternal organizations to lend gambling funds to their general account to pay for expenses necessary to reopen such organizations’ permitted premises.
What does this executive order mean?
This executive order is a special allowance for veterans and fraternal organizations to make a loan from the organization’s gambling account to its general account to get their posts/clubs up and running. Prior authorization from the Gambling Control Board must be received first.
How does your post/club get prior authorization?
To get prior authorization fill out form LG272, Request for Lawful Gambling Account Loan to General Account, and submit it to the Gambling Control Board. Once the form is reviewed and approved, you will receive authorization to make the loan from your gambling account to the general account.
Are there any restrictions?
Access form LG272, Request for Lawful Gambling Account Loan to General Account, here.
May 21, 2020
Guidance for Restarting Lawful Gambling on June 1
In conjunction with Governor Walz's May 20, 2020, announcement, lawful gambling may be conducted outdoors at permitted premises beginning June 1, 2020. These lawful gambling activities must be conducted in compliance with all applicable executive orders and Centers for Disease Control guidance. All lawful gambling statutes/rules remain in effect; compliance will be enforced.
Outdoor Sales Conduct
Gambling Equipment - Ordering and Delivery
We urge your organization to be patient and not restart any gambling activities before they are allowed. Any failure to comply with those requirements prior to the lifting of the executive orders will lead to the prosecution of all violations via applicable adverse administrative and criminal actions.
May 20, 2020
June 2020 Gambling Manager Seminar: A June 2020 Gambling Manager Seminar will be offered by the Gambling Control Board. Registration is required, and interested persons should contact their county’s Licensing Specialist.
The seminar will consist of a series of required electronic classes, a few optional review sessions scheduled at specific dates and times, and an online test that will serve as one of the requirements for individuals seeking to gain a gambling manager’s license for their organization. (The test is only required for those seeking a gambling manager’s license; however, the test may be taken by anyone—CEOs, sellers, law enforcement, etc.) Individuals should plan on the electronic classes taking a minimum of 10 hours to complete.
Dates (* indicates dates subject to change):
To register, contact the Licensing Specialist assigned to your county.
May 18, 2020
It was reported this morning that our Covid relief bill passed. However, we’ve just confirmed with the House that even though the Senate passed the bill and the House adopted the Senate language, the House did not actually pass the bill. This means none of the provisions in S.F 512/H.F. 356 passed. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
May 14, 2020
Yesterday Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-56 extending the COVID-19 peacetime emergency an additional 30 days. This ensures that executive orders already in place remain in effect and that we continue to have the flexibility to respond quickly to COVID-19 needs. In that same order, the plan is for bars and restaurants to be allowed to reopen starting June 1.
Conforming with that order, even if all other requirements to restart the conduct lawful gambling are in place, any lawful gambling activity conducted at permitted bars or restaurants that violates Executive Order 20-56 will also violate Minnesota Statutes, Section 349.155, subdivision 4, paragraph (a)(8), and may result in a denial, suspension, revocation, refusal to renew a license or premises permit, or censure.
As licensed lawful gambling organizations, if you feel pressure or inappropriate influence from a lessor to violate any statute, rule, or executive order, please contact your assigned Gambling Control Board Specialist.
May 8, 2020
Checklist - Restarting Lawful Gambling Post COVID-19 Restrictions: When the executive order closing bars and restaurants is lifted, please use the following link to access a 3-page checklist of general lawful gambling compliance reminders along with reminders for restarting your organization’s lawful gambling operation. This checklist does NOT affect your ongoing responsibility to comply with all applicable statutory, regulatory, rule and executive order requirements. Please contact your Compliance Specialist with any questions or concerns regarding your plan to restart your lawful gambling operations. The Board looks forward to continuing our work with you to ensure the integrity of lawful gambling. Checklist for Lawful Gambling Restart
May 6, 2020
New Guidance on Paycheck Protections Program (PPP) Loans: If your organization is a recipient of a federal PPP loan, the funds disbursed to your organization from that loan should not be deposited into your gambling account. Deposit the money into a non-gambling account. Your lender will provide guidance on how to track the funds and may even suggest setting up a separate general (non-gambling) bank account just for this purpose. The amounts expended from PPP funds will not be reported on the monthly lawful gambling reports (GCBreports) at this time. For example, payments for qualifying gambling wages will be made directly from PPP funds to the employee. We anticipate that the most PPP loans will ultimately be forgiven and the organization will not be required to repay the funds they’ve expended.
What if our PPP loan isn’t forgiven? Organizations are responsible for consulting with their lender to maintain compliance with PPP requirements. If your organization’s PPP loan is not forgiven due to non-compliance with the guidelines, and you can document that PPP funds were used for qualifying gambling-related expenditures, you may apply to the Gambling Control Board for permission to use gambling funds to repay the federal government for the PPP loan expenditures that met a definition of allowable expense. In the month in which you were informed that your loan won’t be forgiven, you’d report the expenditures as allowable expenses and add the loan amount to form LG100F, line 15.
What if we’ve received our PPP loan and already paid qualifying expenses out of our gambling account? If your organization has already made qualifying payments from your gambling account that were later reimbursed by the federal government to your general account, your organization must reimburse its gambling account for the amount expended. Report the reimbursement as a negative expense in the month that the reimbursement deposit is made. Future qualifying expense paid with PPP funds will then be paid directly out of the non-gambling account to the employee or vendor.
What if we’ve already reimbursed our gambling account for qualifying PPP expenses? Do we need to do anything else? No. If you still have PPP funds left in your general account at this time, begin paying qualifying gambling-related expenses from that general account until the loan amount has been expended.
April 22, 2020
May Gambling Manager Seminar: The Gambling Manager Seminar scheduled for May 13-14 has been canceled. Gambling managers who needed to attend the May seminar to obtain or retain their gambling manager’s license should contact their Licensing Specialist for additional information.
April 17, 2020
Access to 4/20/20 Board Meeting: Prior to the 10:00 am start time, call 1-855-282-6330.
At the prompt, enter meeting ID 962 743 828, followed by # sign. You may be asked for extra information, but you may hit the # sign again and you will be taken to the meeting.
April 15, 2020
Emergency Loan to Gambling Account: If your organization lacks sufficient gambling funds to restart gambling once the executive order is lifted, Minnesota Rules, Part 7861.0210, Subpart 15s, allows your organization to make an emergency loan from your general account to your gambling account. Although Board approval is not required to make an emergency loan from the general fund to the gambling fund, Board approval is required prior to repaying the money to your general account. Once you have sufficient funds in your gambling account to repay the loan, please contact your Compliance Specialist for details on getting the required approval.
April 10, 2020
Attention Gambling Managers: We understand that some of you have unique circumstances that may prevent your organization from complying with the April 20, 2020, deadline for submitting your March monthly reports (GCBreports LG100A, LG100C, and LG100F) or the items requested for our account verification reviews. If so, please email your Compliance Specialist for assistance. (To find your Compliance Specialist’s email address, select the “About Us” tab, then “Board Staff”. Then select the first letter of your organization’s county to view contact information for your Specialist.)
April 9, 2020
Due to the stay-at-home order, the April 20, 2020, Gambling Control Board meeting will be held remotely. Instructions on how to participate will be posted as soon as the procedure is in place. If you wish to provide public comment, please submit by April 16, 2020, your name, who you represent, and your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 7, 2020
Attention Gambling Managers: The Gambling Control Board is conducting a gambling account verification review of all licensed organizations. Click on this link Items Requested for Account Verification Review to download a checklist of items you are required to submit to the Gambling Control Board by Monday, April 20, 2020. If at all possible, please email the requested items to email@example.com as quickly as is convenient. To comply with the Shelter-in-Place Executive Order, Board staff is currently in telework status. Emailing your documents will allow us to conduct these reviews more efficiently.
• Subject Line – Begin the subject line of your email with an asterisk (SHIFT 8 on your keyboard) followed by your organization’s license number. For example, if your license number is 99988, the subject line on your email should say *99988.
• File Format – The documents requested should be saved and attached to your email in a PDF format.
• If you are unable to email the requested items, you may mail them to our Roseville office. The mailing address is on the attached sheet.
• Please do not mail the documents to our regional offices in Mankato, Fergus Falls, or Hibbing as we don’t know how long it will be before those offices are able to reopen.
If you have any questions about your gambling account verification review, please email your Compliance Specialist. Compliance Specialists’ email addresses are available on our website at http://www.mn.gov/gcb/board-staff.html.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
April 3, 2020
Attention Gambling Managers: This checklist LG100F is intended to help you verify the accuracy of your March 2020 LG100F, Lawful Gambling Fund Reconciliation. Throughout April we’ll be verifying organizations’ gambling account balances. It’s especially important that there aren’t mistakes on your March 2020 LG100F as this will slow down the verification process. Please be sure to double-check the accuracy of your LG100F prior to submitting it to the Board. Note that the deadline for submitting your March reports remains April 20, 2020.
March 23, 2020
To facilitate social distancing and minimize health risks, many of our Gambling Control Board staff are teleworking. However, the Board continues to be available to assist organizations with questions.
To best facilitate communication, we are asking that you contact your Licensing or Compliance Specialist via email. This will be the most efficient method of communication. To find your Specialist, please go to www.mn.gov/gcb/board-staff. Thank you for your continued patience as we all work through these trying times.
March 20, 2020
March 17, 2020
Coronaviris/COVID-19 Update (PDF)
In accordance with Governor Tim Walz’ emergency order and to ensure the integrity of lawful gambling, all licensed organizations’ lawful gambling activities conducted at all restaurants and bars or other places of public accommodation must be discontinued by 5:00 p.m. today, March 17, 2020.
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.
For those organizations with exempt permit activities, go to the Exempt/Excluded page.
The following internal control procedures are required for all other licensed organizations:
Owned or Leased Premises
Required site closure procedures for licensed organizations using either owned or leased premises:
If holding raffle drawing as originally scheduled, you must still follow all lawful raffle conduct requirements plus any health advisory requirements.
If delaying drawing date or moving drawing location, publicize the delayed date or changed location so people who have purchased raffle tickets understand the reason for the delay. Please email your Licensing Specialist with your permit number, location, and original date of your postponed activity. Once the information is complete on when and where your event will take place, send the new information to your Licensing Specialist.
If you intend to cancel a raffle, your organization will need to return any money received from sales of raffle tickets.
Additional Requirements for Leased Premises
Canceling an Organization Monthly Meeting
If your organization’s monthly member meeting is postponed or canceled, the Gambling Control Board will give organizations a one-month waiver on requiring expenditures to be pre-approved by your membership at a regular monthly meeting. Instead, your organization’s CEO and gambling manager can approve any necessary expenditures for the upcoming month without prior membership approval. Then, the next month the membership can approve those expenditures retroactively. In the meantime, if possible, your organization should make the gambling report available to members electronically rather than presented at a meeting.
April Gambling Manager Seminar
The Gambling Manager Seminar scheduled for April 8-9 has been canceled. Gambling managers who need to attend the April seminar to obtain or retain their gambling manager’s license should contact their Licensing Specialist for additional information.
Paying Employees During Shutdown
If your organization decides to pay its gambling employees some or all of their regular
wages--in line with historic compensation--while gambling activity is shut down, this compensation would be considered an allowable expense.
Another option during the lawful gambling activity shutdown is to have your employees do other gambling-related projects. For example, previously closed games could be re-audited for accuracy, storage areas could be cleaned out, and new house rules signs made.
March 4, 2020
New Online Continuing Education Course Now Available!
A new online continuing education course, Allowable Expenses – The Costs of Running Your Lawful Gambling Operation, is now available. In this course, you will learn what an allowable expense is, what qualifies/does not qualify as an allowable expense, and how to report your organization’s allowable expenses. To take the course, go to the Continuing Education page. If you have questions after completing the online course, please contact your organization's Compliance Specialist.
If you are a licensed gambling manager, completion of this course satisfies your continuing education requirement for this calendar year. At the beginning of each month, confirmation notices are emailed to all gambling managers receiving online continuing education credit during the previous month. (If it’s mid-month of the following month and you haven’t received confirmation, by all means contact us. Otherwise, be patient and your notification will arrive.) Gambling employees, volunteers, club managers, lessors, organization members, and anyone else interested in how lawful gambling is conducted in Minnesota are welcome to take this online course or to attend any of our traditional continuing education classes.
December 6, 2019
The October/November/December 2019 Gaming News is now available.
Be Patient for Your Confirmation Email!
Latest Issue of Gaming News Available
Executive Director Named
The Governor has named Matt Gettman of Orono, Minnesota, as Executive Director of the Minnesota Gambling Control Board. Press Release 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.
New In-Person Continuing Education Classes Scheduled
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.
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