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    Bingo

    A game of chance in which prizes are awarded on the basis of bingo balls being randomly drawn from a receptacle that match a previously announced pattern on a player's bingo card.  Almost all bingos need to be licensed.

    If you are not sure if the event you want to hold is a bingo, contact our office at (517) 335-5780 and we can answer your questions.

    Large Bingo License - Also known as a weekly or annual bingo license, this license allows an organization to play bingo on the same day and time at the same location each week.  This license must be renewed annually; the license year is from March 1 through the last day of February.  An organization can have an unlimited number of large bingo licenses.  The license fee is $150.

    Special Bingo License - This license allows an organization to play bingo for up to 7 consecutive days.  An organization can receive up to 4 special bingo licenses per calendar year.  The license fee is $25.

    Linked Bingo - Organizations wishing to link their Michigan progressive jackpot bingo games together must follow the Michigan Progressive Jackpot Bingo Game (Manually Linked Bingo Game) directive.

    "NEW" Bingo Profitability Tool 

    Each quarter the health of a bingo can be determined by the net profit or loss indicated on the financial statement. While charity game tickets have fixed expenses and prizes that ensure the licensee generates a profit, the individual bingo games do not have fixed expenses and prizes. This lack of structure opens the way for large bingo licensees to overpay in prizes and worker compensation to the point of losing money. To assist our licensees, the Charitable Gaming Division has provided a tool to allow you to analyze the profitability of your bingo event using an interactive Excel spreadsheet called the Bingo Profitability Tool.

    After selecting this link, you are prompted to either open the document online or save it to your computer. When you open the spreadsheet, user-friendly instructions will show you how to jump from the instructions to the sample form and blank forms, rename the blank forms if you wish, and add additional copies of forms.

    When completing the form, ensure each box is filled in accordance with the form instructions to perform an accurate analysis. Once completed, scroll to the right for the analysis results.

    If you have questions, need additional training, or would like more suggestions on how to change your game program using the results from your analysis, please contact your inspector.


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