Category: Charitable Gaming


The number of bingo games for charity is on the increase throughout the state but revenues continue to decline. This despite efforts by lawmakers who have passed legislation that allow larger prizes and permit charitable organizations to sell instant bingo tickets at an unlimited number of retail establishments in their home ... Read More
September 16, 2015ogadmin


Approximately 60 organizations have formed the United Charities of Ohio. Their goal is to update Ohio's bingo laws so that charitable organizations can better compete with the legal gambling establishments such as casinos and racinos, as well as those businesses that negatively impact fundraising such as Internet cafes and skill-game ... Read More
April 22, 2015ogadmin



Electronic Raffle Games

First the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine orders veteran and fraternal organizations to cease operating electronic raffle games because he claims they are a form of illegal gambling; Then a legal advisor tells these organizations to continue operating the e-raffles while negotiations with state lawmakers are ongoing; Then the executive director of ... Read More
November 12, 2013ogadmin



Charitable Gaming

The new casino regulations will not affect the ability of churches and other nonprofit organizations to offer instant bingo, punch boards and raffles. In fact, there will be more bingo and bigger payouts. Charities will now be permitted to hold bingo sessions three times a week, up from the current ... Read More
June 17, 2010ogadmin


While Ohio lawmakers debate legalizing video slots at horse racetracks, other legal forms of gambling have been in place for quite some time. Charitable gaming in Ohio takes in big money, but is subject to very little regulation. In 2007, charitable gaming in Ohio grossed nearly $1.4 billion, more than ... Read More
July 15, 2009ogadmin



2007 Bing Receipts Strong

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that most charities conducting bingo games in Ohio operated on a profit margin of approximately ten percent in 2007, but some charities were able to declare receipts in excess of three million dollars. The most effective charities in the Cleveland area posted upwards of seventeen ... Read More
February 13, 2008ogadmin


The State of Ohio has filed suit against the Springfield Central Ohio Association for Children's Higher Education for allegedly misusing charitable bingo proceeds. According to Business First, the organization took in $3.2 million in bingo revenues and distributed only approximately $6,000.00. The association has since surrendered its bingo license.
February 13, 2008ogadmin


The West Licking Firefighter's Association was prohibited from conducting charitable gaming at this year's Pataskala Street Fair. On August 6th, the City informed the organization that state law prohibited charitable gaming on public streets. The group was advised to move gaming activities to a fire hall it owns, but alternative ... Read More
August 24, 2007ogadmin


A $125,000.00 rescue squad vehicle that was delivered to the Norton Fire Department late last month was placed in storage pending the outcome of administrative hearings. An article in the Akron Beacon Journal  reports that the Norton Volunteer Fireman's Association, which raised money to purchase the equipment, has not been ... Read More
May 8, 2007ogadmin


Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro recently filed suit against a Wisconsin company, F.A.C.E. Trading, Inc., for allegedly selling pull-tab bingo tickets in Ohio without a license, and selling pull-tab bingo tickets to Ohio businesses and charities without licenses to operate the games. Petro asserted that the "ad-tabs," pull-tab bingo cards ... Read More
December 4, 2006ogadmin