CONDUCT OF BINGO
Subch. IV of ch. 563 Cross-reference
See also ch. Game 42
, Wis. adm. code.
Restrictions on the conduct of bingo. 563.51(1)(1)
Only a person licensed under s. 563.15
shall conduct bingo.
Bingo may not be conducted at a place owned, operated or controlled by a person who has been convicted of having operated a gambling place within the past 5 years.
Sufficient space to play.
Purchase of a bingo card shall entitle each player to a place with sufficient room in which to play.
A licensed organization shall purchase or receive bingo supplies and equipment specifically designed or adapted for use in the conduct of bingo only from a licensed supplier or another licensed organization.
Any equipment used in the conduct of bingo shall be owned absolutely by the licensed organization or borrowed from another licensed organization without payment of any compensation therefor by the licensed organization.
The equipment and supplies used in the conduct of bingo shall be maintained in good repair and sound condition.
Profits used for proper and legitimate expenditures.
The profits from any bingo game shall be used exclusively for proper and legitimate expenditures of the licensed organization.
Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c), no prize in a single bingo game shall exceed $500 and the aggregate value of prizes at any bingo occasion may not exceed $2,500.
The aggregate value of prizes at a bingo occasion may exceed $2,500 by the amount resulting from the awarding of minimum prizes under sub. (27)
The limits under par. (a)
do not apply to progressive jackpot bingo.
No licensed organization shall award any prize consisting of alcoholic or fermented malt beverages or an interest in real estate or securities.
No bonus or additional prizes shall be awarded on the basis of either a specific arrangement of the numbers or the type of card required to win a game. Except as provided for progressive jackpot bingo under s. 563.54
, no prize shall be determined on the basis of a specified number of calls.
If any merchandise prize is awarded in a bingo game, its value shall be its current retail price. The current retail price of merchandise prizes donated to a licensed organization shall not be reported as an expenditure in its financial statement of bingo operations. No merchandise prize shall be redeemable or convertible into cash directly or indirectly by the licensed organization.
Management and operation of bingo.
No person shall receive remuneration for participating in the management or operation of any bingo game.
A minor may not play a bingo game conducted by a licensed organization unless an adult who is a relative of the minor by blood, marriage, or adoption, or the minor's guardian, is present in the building or on the premises while the minor plays the game.
A minor may not conduct or assist in the conduct of bingo.
Only proper and legitimate expenditures permitted.
No expenditures other than proper and legitimate expenditures may be made in connection with the conduct of bingo by a licensed organization.
Regular bingo game fee.
A fee of not more than $1 may be charged for admission to premises at which a regular bingo game is conducted. The fee entitles the person to participate, without additional charge, in all regular bingo games played at such bingo occasion, except that a fee of not more than $1 may be charged for each extra regular card.
Winners and prizes; same day.
Except as provided for progressive jackpot bingo under s. 563.54
, each bingo winner shall be determined and every prize shall be awarded and delivered on the same day on which the bingo occasion is conducted.
Sale of supplies, merchandise and refreshments.
In addition to the sale of bingo supplies by the licensed organization or the sale of food or refreshments, merchandise may be sold on the premises where bingo is conducted when authorized by the licensed organization.
Bingo cards; printing.
Bingo cards shall be printed only on one side.
Separate count of bingo cards.
The licensed organization shall keep an accurate, separate count of the number of regular bingo cards, extra regular cards and special bingo cards which are sold, rented or used. Such information shall be available for inspection at the close of the bingo occasion.
Price of bingo cards.
Regular bingo cards, extra regular cards and special bingo cards shall each be assigned a specific price, and the price shall remain the same during a bingo occasion. At any time during a bingo occasion, a regular or extra regular card may be changed at no additional cost. Cards shall be sold or rented only on the premises at which bingo is being conducted. A price list shall be posted where the bingo cards are distributed, setting forth the price of each type of card. Only the posted price may be charged. The regular bingo cards and the extra regular cards shall be readily distinguishable from each other.
The method of play in any bingo game and the utilization of bingo equipment and supplies shall be such that each player is afforded an equal opportunity to win.
The objects to be drawn shall be essentially the same in size, shape, weight, balance and all other characteristics, so that at all times during the conduct of bingo, each object possesses the capacity for equal agitation with any other object within the receptacle.
All 75 objects shall be present in the receptacle at the beginning of each bingo game.
The announcement of all numbers drawn shall be clearly audible to the players present.
When more than one room is used for any one bingo game, the receptacle and the caller and any assistant shall be in the room where the greatest number of players are present; and all numbers shall be announced in a manner clearly audible to the players in each room.
Once removed, no object shall be returned to the receptacle until after the conclusion of the game.
Immediately following the calling of each number in a bingo game, the caller shall turn that portion of the object which shows the number and letter to the players.
Number arrangement announced; prizes announced and posted. 563.51(23)(a)(a)
Except as provided in par. (b)
, the particular arrangement of numbers required to be covered in order to win and the amount of the prize for each game shall be clearly described and audibly announced to the players immediately before each game. Except as provided in par. (b)
, the amount of the prize for each bingo game also shall be posted where the bingo cards are distributed.
If the amount of the prize in a progressive jackpot bingo game under s. 563.54
is determined, at least in part, on the basis of card sales, the method for determining the amount of the prize must be clearly described, audibly announced, and posted as provided under par. (a)
, but the amount of the prize need not be announced or posted.
The numbers appearing on the winning card at the time a winner is determined shall be verified in the immediate presence of at least one disinterested player.
At the time a winner is determined, any player may call for a verification of all numbers and of the objects remaining in the receptacle and not yet drawn. This verification shall be made in the immediate presence of the supervising member and at least one disinterested player.
Limit on hours of bingo.
No bingo game may commence before 7 a.m. or after 12 midnight, except as provided in s. 563.55
More than one winner.
When more than one player is found to be the winner on the call of the same number in the same bingo game, a cash prize shall be divided equally among the winners. The licensed organization may elect to round off the prize to any amount between the next lower dollar and the next higher dollar. Any licensed organization may elect to set a minimum prize of no more than $10 for each winner. When equal division of a merchandise prize is not possible, identical substitute prizes whose aggregate retail value is approximately equal to that of the designated prize may be awarded or a cash prize equal to the retail value may be divided among the winners as provided in this subsection.
Prohibited from playing.
No licensed organization shall permit any person who is conducting or assisting in the conduct of bingo on a bingo occasion to participate as a player on that occasion.
No person may act as a caller in the conduct of any game of bingo unless the person:
Has been a member in good standing of the licensed organization, the auxiliary of the licensed organization or the parent organization or a member of the local unit of the religious organization which the licensed organization is a member of for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the game or is the spouse of such a member.
Subject to ss. 111.321
, has never been convicted of a felony or, if convicted, has been pardoned or released from probation, extended supervision or parole for at least 5 years.
See also chs. Game 41
, Wis. adm. code.
A televised bingo program involving viewer participation violates this section and exposes the sponsoring organization and participating television station to prosecution under ss. 163.54 (now s. 563.73), 945.02 (3), and 945.03 (4) (now s. 945.03 (1m) (d)). 65 Atty. Gen. 80.
The state's interest in preventing organized crime infiltration of a tribal bingo enterprise does not justify state regulation in light of the compelling federal and tribal interest supporting it. California v. Cabazon Band of Indians, 480 U.S. 202
Limited period bingo. 563.52(1)(1)
In this section, “licensee" means a person licensed to conduct limited period bingo.
No admission fee shall be charged to play limited period bingo.
A fee of not more than $1 per game may be charged for a single card to participate in limited period bingo.
All other provisions in this chapter relating to regular bingo games shall apply to limited period bingo except as otherwise provided.
History: 1973 c. 156
; 1975 c. 99
; 1989 a. 147
; 1991 a. 269
; Stats. 1991 s. 563.52; 2005 a. 247
Special bingo games.
In addition to provisions in this chapter relating to regular bingo games, the following provisions shall apply to special bingo games:
All special bingo cards shall be in a form approved by the department.
Each special bingo card shall be used for one game only and shall be indelibly marked by the player while in use so as to render it void and unusable thereafter.
A fee of not more than $1 may be charged for each special bingo card.
Progressive jackpot bingo. 563.54(1)(1)
A player wins progressive jackpot bingo by covering all the numbers on his or her bingo card within a specified number of calls. The number of calls for the first game shall be at least 48. The number of calls shall increase by one in each succeeding game until a player wins the progressive jackpot bingo prize.
The starting prize for progressive jackpot bingo shall be any of the following:
Fifty percent of the card sales for the first progressive jackpot bingo game.
An amount specified before the start of play, not to exceed $500.
The prize for each succeeding game of progressive jackpot bingo shall be 50 percent of the card sales for the game plus the prize amount from the preceding game.
After the specified number of calls for a game of progressive jackpot bingo are completed, if no person has won, the game shall continue until a player covers all of the numbers on his or her card and that player shall be awarded a consolation prize of not less than $100. The consolation prize may not be paid from the 50 percent of card sales used to fund the progressive jackpot bingo prize.
No card for a game of progressive jackpot bingo may be sold after the game has begun.
Once started, progressive jackpot bingo shall be played at each succeeding bingo occasion until a player wins a game of progressive jackpot bingo, except that progressive jackpot bingo may be played only once per day.
Progressive jackpot bingo may be played only on special bingo cards.
History: 2005 a. 247
Any political subdivision of this state may enact an ordinance that extends the hours during which bingo may be played under s. 563.51 (26)
History: 1973 c. 156
; 1989 a. 147
; 1991 a. 269
; Stats. 1991 s. 563.55.
REPORTS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Report of bingo operations. 563.61(1)(1)
Each licensed organization shall file with the department, on a form prescribed by the department, a semiannual report of bingo operations for each 6-month period beginning on the date on which the organization's license is issued. The report is due on the 60th day after the last day of the reporting period. The report shall be accompanied by the payment of the gross receipts tax due. The licensed organization shall retain a copy of the report for its permanent records. The report shall include:
The name and address of each supervising member and the member responsible for the proper utilization of gross receipts.
The date, hour and address of each bingo occasion held during the reporting period.
The number of games played at each bingo occasion held during the reporting period.
An itemized statement of the gross receipts from each bingo occasion held during the reporting period, including gross receipts from sales of regular bingo cards, extra regular cards, special game cards and sale of supplies.