Small Games of Chance & Bingo

Effective February, 2018, Amendments to the Bingo Law contain changes that affect several provisions of the Bingo Act. The changes include:
  • doubling the value of prizes that can be awarded in each game and in a single day
  • easing restrictions on organizations seeking licensure
  • eliminating certain advertising restrictions
Only organizations licensed under the Bingo Law can advertise bingo. Act 66 does not remove the general advertising requirements for bingo ads - all bingo ads must include the following information:
  • date
  • time
  • location
  • whether cash or merchandise prizes will be awarded
  • name of the association licensed to conduct the bingo game
  • name of individual in charge of the operation of the game
Per the amendment, bingo advertisements may include specific prizes, prize dollar values and any guaranteed prize dollar values. 

Organizations licensed to hold small games of chance are still prohibited from including specific prizes and dollar values in ads for small games of chance such as raffles, pools, pull tabs, and other authorized games.  

As always, this information is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as, legal advice. Please contact the PNA Legal Hotline with questions at 717-703-3080.

Please read the laws regarding SGOC/Bingo Licenses. Applications may not be processed if all criteria is not met.