Did you know that bingo is a form of gambling in Oklahoma?

The Oklahoma Charity Games Act Section 401 defines the game of bingo as: “a game in which each player receives a bingo face and covers the squares according to the numbers, letters, or combination of numbers and letters that have been announced by the caller. The numbers and letters called are on an object selected at random either manually or mechanically from a receptacle in which have been placed the objects bearing the numbers, letters, or combinations of numbers and letters corresponding to the system used for designating the bingo face squares. The winner of each bingo game is the player who first properly covers a predetermined and announced pattern of squares upon the bingo face being used by the player.”

Does this sound like something you have planned for a PTA family night? If so you need to file for a license with the ABLE (Alcohol Beverage Law Enforcement) Commission.

If you plan on conducting no more than four games per year you qualify for the Limited Charity Games Activities Exemptions; such exemption shall be obtained by the filing of a verified application with the ABLE Commission. Licensing can take up to 3 months to receive. Good news: it’s FREE!

Don’t put yourself or your PTA in jeopardy – take the time to file for the license. “Any person or persons convicted of violating the provisions of the Oklahoma Charity Games Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by incarceration for a period of not less than six (6) months, but not to exceed one (1) year and by a fine of not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).”

Click Here to Download Limited Charity Gaming Activities Exemption

Click Here to Read the Law

Richard Osei

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