Michigan Gaming Control Board
Becoming a Qualified Organization
Q: How do I know whether my organization needs to become qualified to host a Millionaire Party event?
A: All organizations must be qualified through the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) to hold an event. If your organization has never conducted a licensed Millionaire Party event or has not held a licensed Millionaire Party event during the past three or more years, please refer to the qualifications process on the MGCB website. At times, the Board may require an already qualified organization to submit updated documentation to maintain qualification status.
Q: What types of organizations may become qualified with the Board?
A: An organization may be eligible to become qualified if it is a bona fide religious, educational, service, senior citizens, fraternal or veterans' organization operating without profit to its members. Additionally, it must either have existed continuously as an organization for a period of five years or is exempt from taxation under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue code.
Q: What category of organization would my group fall under?
A: Some examples of organizations qualified with the MGCB are:
Religious – churches
Educational – schools, including public, private and charter
Service – Kiwanis Club, Lions Club
Service (Local Civic) – sports clubs, school groups, animal rescues, auxiliary groups
Senior Citizens – organizations with at least 15 members over the age of 60 that exist for the mutual support and advancement of the causes of elderly or retired persons
Fraternal – Eagles, Shriners, K of C, Knights of Templar
Veterans – VFW, AMVETS
Q: How does my organization become a qualified organization with the Michigan Gaming Control Board?
A: Organizations must complete a Millionaire Party Qualification Form and provide required documents including but not limited to bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, bank statements, financial documents and Internal Revenue Service tax exempt status. In addition, a mandatory on-site meeting between the organization’s officers and a representative of the MGCB is required.
Note: Please allow a minimum of eight weeks’ processing time. You must be a qualified organization prior to applying for a Millionaire Party event license.
Q: Is there a fee to become a qualified organization?
A: No, there is no fee to become a qualified organization. However, a license fee is charged for holding a licensed Millionaire Party event.
Millionaire Party Event Application
Q: How does my organization apply for a Millionaire Party event?
A: If you recently completed the qualification process, you must FIRST receive notice from the MGCB indicating the qualification review is complete and your organization is now considered a qualified organization. To apply for a Millionaire Party event, a qualified organization must complete and submit an event application a minimum of six weeks before the proposed event date along with the appropriate fee ($50 per event day). The organization must provide required documents with the application such as a demarcated area diagram, location rental agreement, equipment provider agreement, and workers’ list.
Q: How many licensed events can my organization host annually?
A: A qualified organization may receive up to four licenses per calendar year. Each license may be issued for up to four consecutive days per event and costs $50 per day. For example, if you elect to have a four-day event, your license fee will be $200.
Q: Where can I hold my event?
A: The event can be held at your organization’s own location, or your organization may choose to rent a facility to hold your event. The event location must be indicated on your Millionaire Party Event Application for approval.
Q: How can I see the status of my Millionaire Party license application?
Q: Who can work/assist at the event?
A: The qualified organization shall have at least two bona-fide members over the age of 18 working an event at all times. “Bona fide member” means a person who participates in the qualified organization to further its lawful purposes and the spouse of such a member. The organization will designate at least one of those persons as the chairperson. The chairperson is in charge and responsible for the conduct of the licensed gaming event. The two members must be listed on Attachment A of the event application along with their home addresses, roles in the organization, and telephone numbers.
In addition, if your organization is a directorship, only Board Members may chair and work the event.
Q: Who can be chairperson at my event?
A: The chairperson must be a bona fide member of the qualified organization for at least six months, over the age of 18 and serves as a millionaire party chairperson for only one qualified organization in a calendar year. If your organization is a school, the chairperson must be a staff member. If your organization is a directorship, only a Board Member may be a chairperson.
Q: Is there an age requirement to work at an event?
A: Event workers must be 18 years of age or older. Anyone participating in the event, including players, must be 18 years of age or older.
Q: Who can be a dealer at my event?
A: A qualified organization may have its own bona fide members serve as dealers at a millionaire party event, or it may hire dealers from a licensed supplier. If using your own members as dealers, the event application must include a list of the dealers who will work at the proposed event (on Attachment B). The Millionaire Party event application may be denied if a dealer has ever been convicted of, forfeited bond upon a charge of, or pled guilty to the following:
(a) A felony
(b) A gambling offense
(c) Criminal fraud
(f) Filing a false report with a governmental agency
Changes: Event Changes, Cancelations and Organizational Changes
Q: How do I request a change for my Millionaire Party event?
A: A qualified organization must submit a License Change Form to request a change in the location, supplier and event date and/or time no less than 20 days before the event start date.
Q: How do I cancel my Millionaire Party event?
A: A qualified organization must notify the MGCB prior to the event. If the event license already has been issued, you must return the original license with your request. A refund then will be issued for the license fee.
Q: Do I have to notify the MGCB whenever our principal officer changes?
A: Yes, please complete a Qualified Organization Information Change Form found on our website to update the information. Each principal officer also must review the Millionaire Party Guide for Qualified Organizations (Charities) and sign a Certificate of Completion.
Q: How does my organization update the MGCB on changes such as our address, officers or by-laws?
A: Complete the Qualified Organization Information Change form to update organization information. If changes or updates have occurred on the Qualified Organization’s legal documents (e.g., by-laws or Articles of Incorporation), please submit the updated documents to the MGCB.
Q: How can I stay informed about Millionaire Party Events?
A: You can stay informed by checking the MGCB website for the latest news and updated forms and subscribing to MGCB Millionaire Party emails.
Q: How do I file a complaint regarding the conduct of a licensed charitable gaming event?
A: A complaint record may be obtained from the MGCB website or by calling 888-314-2682. Please complete a Complaint Record with as much information as possible, including the licensee’s name, license number, date and location of the event and a written explanation of the misconduct. Send the completed complaint record to the MGCB (Millionaireparty@michigan.gov) or via mail to the address on the bottom of the form.
Note: If you want your name to remain confidential, please indicate your request on the form.
To report suspicious or illegal gambling-related activity anonymously, call 888-314-2682. You also may visit the MGCB website for more information.