WSR 98-20-090

PROPOSED RULES

GAMBLING COMMISSION

[Filed October 7, 1998, 9:10 a.m.]



Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 98-14-029 with a published date of July 15, 1998.

Title of Rule: Location of bingo games.

Purpose: These rules set out the regulations and requirements to allow bingo operators to offer linked bingo prizes to their customers.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.

Summary: See Purpose above.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: These rules would facilitate the regulations of linked bingo prizes.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Susan Arland, Lacey, (360) 438-7654 ext. 374; Implementation: Ben Bishop, Lacey, (360) 438-7640; and Enforcement: Sherri Winslow, Lacey, (360) 438-7654 ext. 301.

Name of Proponent: Staff, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: See Purpose and Reasons Supporting Proposal above.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See Purpose and Reasons Supporting Proposal above.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Proposal is exempt under RCW 19.85.025(2), therefore, a small business economic impact statement is not required.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. This agency does not choose to make section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662, (360) 254-3100, on November 13, 1998, at 9:30 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Susan Green by November 6, 1998, TDD (360) 438-7638, or (360) 438-7654 ext. 302.

Submit Written Comments to: Susan Arland, Mailstop 42400, Olympia, Washington 98504-2400, fax (360) 438-8652, by November 6, 1998.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 13, 1998.

October 7, 1998

Susan Arland

Public Information Officer

OTS-2493.1

NEW SECTION



WAC 230-02-207  Linked bingo prize provider defined. A "linked bingo prize provider" is any person who provides bingo licensees the means to link bingo prizes. This person may provide the licensees equipment, linked bingo prize management, and distribute necessary gambling equipment and supplies.

A "linked bingo prize provider" is not a "distributor" if the only gambling equipment and supplies they furnish to bingo operators is to be used exclusively for bingo games that are played to win the linked bingo prize.

In no circumstances may a linked bingo prize provider assume ultimate responsibility for an operator's bingo game operation.



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OTS-2498.1

NEW SECTION



WAC 230-02-218  Linked bingo prize provider representative defined. A "linked bingo prize provider representative" is any natural person who represents a "linked bingo prize provider" in any of their activities in connection with the management of a linked bingo prize game or distribution of linked bingo prize game supplies.



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OTS-2499.1

NEW SECTION



WAC 230-02-255  Linked bingo prize defined. A linked bingo prize is a prize that is awarded to a player who is competing against players from multiple participating licensed bingo halls. Categories of prizes include:

(1) The main prize, which is the prize paid each time the game is played to the first verified winner(s);

(2) The consolation prize, which is the prize paid at each participating licensed bingo hall after the main prize has been determined; and

(3) The bonus prize, which is a prize awarded when a player achieves the winning pattern in a predetermined number of calls or on a specific predetermined number.



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AMENDATORY SECTION [(Amending Order 362, filed 9/23/98)]



WAC 230-04-124  Licensing of manufacturer, distributor, ((and)) gambling service supplier, and linked bingo prize provider representatives. Prior to selling or supplying to any person gambling equipment, paraphernalia or related services in connection with licensed gambling activities, a representative or agent of a licensed manufacturer, distributor, ((or)) gambling service supplier, or linked bingo prize provider shall first obtain a license from the commission. The following definitions and restrictions apply:

(1) A sole owner, partner, major officer and/or owner of a substantial interest in an entity licensed as a manufacturer, distributor, ((or)) gambling service supplier, or linked bingo prize provider shall not be required to be additionally licensed as a representative to engage in the selling or supplying of the entity's products or services. Office, clerical or warehouse personnel who have contact with the public and potential customers only by telephone or at the manufacturer's, distributor's, ((or)) gambling service supplier's, or linked bingo prize provider's own premises when working under the immediate and direct supervision of an owner, partner, or major officer shall also be exempt from this licensing requirement. A manager or supervisor who is not a sole owner, partner or a major officer or owner of a substantial interest and whose duties and responsibilities include the supervision of selling, supplying and/or the promotion of products or services shall be licensed as required by this rule prior to performing such functions. A manufacturer, distributor, ((or)) gambling service supplier, or linked bingo prize provider shall not allow an unlicensed person to represent them in such transactions and shall take all measures necessary to prevent an unlicensed person from doing so.

(2) The manufacturer, distributor, ((or)) gambling service supplier, or linked bingo prize provider for which the representative will work shall sign the application acknowledging that the applicant will be representing them with their full knowledge and consent.

(3) An applicant for a license as a distributor, ((representative or)) gambling service supplier, or linked bingo prize provider representative shall:

(a) Complete a training course for any activity being managed, as required and provided by the commission within thirty days after the first day worked; and

(b) Represent only one licensed distributor, ((or)) gambling service supplier, or linked bingo prize provider at a time and shall not represent a manufacturer: Provided, That this rule shall not prevent a licensed representative from representing a manufacturer, distributor, and/or linked bingo prize provider when all businesses are owned by the same person. Provided further, That this rule shall not bar the distributor's representative from representing his own distributor who is also licensed as a manufacturer.

(4) If a licensed gambling service supplier representative has any interest in a licensed manufacturer or distributor and they provide services to any punch board, pull-tab, or bingo operator, they shall inform the commission, the operator, and the manufacturer or distributor of the relationship. Such manufacturer or distributor shall be prohibited from selling punch boards, pull-tabs, or disposable bingo cards to such operator.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 97-24-031, 230-04-124, filed 11/25/97, effective 1/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 and 9.46.0331. 91-19-093 (Order 227), 230-04-124, filed 9/18/91, effective 10/19/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (4), (11) and (14). 89-24-002 (Order 201), 230-04-124, filed 11/27/89, effective 12/28/89.]



Reviser's note: The bracketed material preceding the section above was supplied by the code reviser's office.



Reviser's note: RCW 34.05.395 requires the use of underlining and deletion marks to indicate amendments to existing rules. The rule published above varies from its predecessor in certain respects not indicated by the use of these markings.

OTS-2494.1

NEW SECTION



WAC 230-04-126  Licensing of linked bingo prize providers. Prior to providing any type of gambling related service, gambling related equipment, or gambling related supplies to any licensed bingo operator, a linked bingo prize provider shall first obtain a license from the commission. The following requirements and restrictions apply to licensing of linked bingo prize providers:

(1) For purposes of this Title, a license is required to manage a linked bingo prize or provide bingo game operators with the equipment and supplies to offer linked bingo prize games to their customers;

(2) The applicant shall include upon the application form supplied by the commission, sufficient information to determine the types of services and equipment provided, personal and financial information to determine applicant identity and qualifications, evidence of the obtainment of a bond to cover all linked bingo prize jackpots, as well as all other information and materials required elsewhere in these rules;

(3) The applicant shall comply with all applicable laws of the United States, the state of Washington, and all applicable rules of the Washington state gambling commission; and

(4) If the applicant does not maintain a business office within the state or is incorporated in another state or country, then the applicant must disclose the full name and business and home address of the resident agent designated by the applicant pursuant to WAC 230-12-300.



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OTS-2500.1

NEW SECTION



WAC 230-04-206  Fees--Linked bingo prize providers and linked bingo prize provider representatives. Linked bingo prize providers and linked bingo prize provider representatives shall submit the following fees to the commission when applying for gambling licenses, permits, miscellaneous charges, or when assessed the cost of special investigation procedures by the commission:





license type


definition


fee
1. linked bingo prize provider

$3,693
2. linked bingo prize provider representative



Original




$219
Renewal $135
In addition to the annual fee, the commission will assess all applicants the actual costs incurred in conducting the investigation and inspection necessary for initial certification.




other fees
3. change of name (See WAC 230-04-310) $26
4. duplicate license (See WAC 230-04-290) $26
5. replacement (See WAC 230-04-240) As Required
6. out-of-state (See WAC 230-04-240) As Required
7. records inquiry (See WAC 230-04-240) As Required



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OTS-2532.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 359, filed 7/15/98, effective 1/1/99)



WAC 230-08-017  Control of gambling equipment--Use of identification and inspection services stamps. To ensure gambling equipment is used only as authorized, manufacturers, distributors, linked bingo prize providers, and operators shall maintain close control over all gambling equipment in their possession. Each transfer of such equipment shall be documented by completing an invoice or other written record setting forth the information required by WAC 230-08-040. Identification and inspection services stamps obtained from the commission shall be used to identify gambling equipment and shall be permanently and conspicuously affixed to all equipment and devices designated by the commission. Once attached, identification and inspection services stamps shall not be removed, disfigured, or otherwise tampered with by any person. These stamps shall be attached and controlled in the following manner:

(1) Identification and inspection services stamps shall be attached to the following gambling equipment and devices:

(a) Punch boards and pull-tab series;

(b) Pull-tab dispensing devices;

(c) Disposable bingo cards: Provided, That this requirement applies to cards shipped for use in Washington state after December 31, 1993. All inventory on hand at the distributor and operator level at the close of business on December 31, 1993, shall be exempt from this requirement;

(d) Coin or token-activated amusement games operated at any Class A amusement game license location;

(e) Electronic bingo card daubers; and

(f) Other gambling equipment or devices, as determined by the director.

(2) Identification and inspection services stamps shall only be sold to and attached by licensed manufacturers or commission staff: Provided, That a licensed owner of controlled gambling equipment may purchase and attach stamps as outlined in subsections (7) and (8) of this section;

(3) The fee charged for identification and inspection services stamps shall be set by the commission at a level sufficient to fund regulation and control of gambling equipment. Fees shall be as set out below:

(a) Punch boards and pull-tabs:

(i) Standard - wagers fifty cents and below - twenty-seven cents;

(ii) Standard - wagers over fifty cents - one dollar;

(iii) Progressive jackpot pull-tab series - ten dollars per series;

(iv) Pull-tab series with carry-over jackpots - one dollar;

(b) Pull-tab dispensing devices:

(i) Mechanical and electro-mechanical - twenty-seven cents:

(ii) Electronic - pull-tab dispensing devices that require initial and ongoing evaluation of electronic components or functions, such as reading encoded data on pull-tabs, accounting for income or prizes, and other functions determined by the director - one hundred dollars annually.

(c) Disposable bingo cards:

(i) Sets of individual cards or sheets of cards - twenty-seven cents;

(ii) Collations of cards - one dollar and ten cents;

(iii) Cards used to play for linked bingo prizes - forty cents per two hundred fifty cards.

(d) Coin or token-activated amusement games operated at any Class A amusement game license location - twenty-five dollars annually;

(e) Electronic bingo card daubers - ten dollars annually;

(f) Other equipment or devices - the actual cost of inspection or approval, as determined by the director.

(4) Devices that require identification and inspection services stamps to be installed annually shall have such stamps attached prior to placing any device into play and, on or before December 31 of the year preceding operation for each subsequent year: Provided, That annual identification and inspection services stamps shall be purchased and attached to electronic pull-tab dispensing devices, coin operated amusement games, and electronic bingo card daubers located in the state on December 31, 1996, prior to the operation of such devices on or after January 1, 1997.

(5) Identification stamps shall only be affixed to gambling equipment or devices in such a manner as to assure reasonable inspection without obstruction. If equipment is enclosed or packaged within protective materials, the stamps shall be readily visible for inspection without removal of any portion of the protective packaging: Provided, That when more than one device is packed in a shipping carton, this requirement shall not apply if the identification and inspection services stamp numbers of all devices contained in the carton are printed or otherwise noted on the outside of the carton. Stamps and records entry labels shall be affixed in the following manner:

(a) Punch boards - on the reverse side in an area that will not obstruct removal of punches: Provided, That if sufficient space is not available on the reverse side, the records entry labels may be wrapped around and/or partially attached to the edge of a punch board in a manner that will not obstruct display of prizes available or other information required by rules of the commission;

(b) Pull-tabs - on the face or reverse side of the flare. If placed on the face, then they must be in an area that will not obstruct prizes available or any other information required by rules of the commission;

(c) Pull-tab dispensing devices - on the outside of the main body, in an area that is not normally removed and replaced, and in a manner that will not obstruct the view of the pull-tabs available for play. The records entry labels shall not be affixed to dispensing devices and may be discarded; and

(d) Disposable bingo cards - on the packing label attached to the outside of the shipping carton. Records entry labels shall be attached to the packing slip: Provided, That when a set or collation of cards is packed in more than one shipping carton, the stamp shall be attached to carton number one and the stamp number imprinted on all remaining shipping cartons.

(6) Identification and inspection services stamps shall not be attached to gambling equipment or devices that do not comply with rules of the commission. If a piece of equipment or a device requires specific commission approval, stamps shall not be affixed prior to such approval.

(7) A licensed owner of gambling devices which require annual identifications and inspection services stamps may purchase such from the commission. The licensee shall submit the appropriate fee, along with a form provided by the commission, to obtain the stamps.

(8) A licensed owner of pull-tab dispensing devices may obtain a commission identification and inspection services stamp to replace an identification stamp affixed to a pull-tab dispensing device that has become unidentifiable due to wear. The fee for replacement of the stamp shall be as required by WAC 230-04-202 and/or 230-04-203. The operator or distributor shall furnish the following information to the commission:

(a) A copy of the invoice from the operator, distributor or manufacturer for the purchase of the dispensing device in question; or

(b) A complete description of the pull-tab dispensing device, serial number, manufacturer, and the commission stamp number previously affixed to the device, if known.

(9) Manufacturers shall maintain records that will allow accountability for all identification and inspection services stamps issued to them by the commission for at least three years after they are affixed to devices and sold. This accountability shall be by indefinite retention of unused or damaged stamps or by records as set out in WAC 230-08-025: Provided, That damaged stamps may be returned to the commission and will be replaced with serviceable stamps if they are accompanied by a detailed listing of the damaged stamps and a ten cent per stamp service charge.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 98-15-074 (Order 359), 230-08-017, filed 7/15/98, effective 1/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (5), (6), (11), (14). 97-14-012, 230-08-017, filed 6/20/97, effective 7/21/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 and 9.46.116. 96-24-007 (Order 304), 230-08-017, filed 11/21/96, effective 1/1/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 94-23-007, 230-08-017, filed 11/3/94, effective 1/1/95; 94-01-033, 230-08-017, filed 12/6/93, effective 1/6/94. Statutory Authority: Chapter 9.46 RCW. 91-21-053 (Order 228), 230-08-017, filed 10/15/91, effective 11/15/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (4), (11) and (14). 89-24-002 (Order 201), 230-08-017, filed 11/27/89, effective 12/28/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (8), (11) and (14). 88-13-060 (Order 179), 230-08-017, filed 6/14/88.]

OTS-2495.2

NEW SECTION



WAC 230-08-035  Records to be maintained by linked bingo prize providers. In addition to the accounting records to be maintained by distributors and manufacturers as required by WAC 230-08-025, a linked bingo prize provider must also maintain the following records:

(1) A complete and accurate record for each linked prize offered that includes at least the following:

(a) The date and time the prize was played for;

(b) A complete list of names and addresses of each participating licensee;

(c) The serial number, color, and beginning and ending sheet numbers sold by each licensee;

(d) The dollar amount of sales for each licensee;

(e) A reconciliation of the number of bingo cards issued to each participating licensee and the number of cards sold or returned;

(f) The dollar amount that each licensee contributed to the prize fund;

(g) The total amount contributed to the prize fund;

(h) The dollar amount of prizes paid from the prize fund; and

(i) The dollar amount accrued for a bonus prize;

(2) A record of assets installed at participating licensees' locations that includes the following:

(a) The name and address of the licensee where the asset is installed; and

(b) A physical description of the asset and its cost;

(3) A complete and accurate record that shows where all bingo cards purchased or otherwise obtained have been distributed and the date the cards were used; and

(4) Video tapes must be maintained for at least one year which record at least the following activities:

(a) The ball selection process that clearly shows the numbers drawn; and

(b) All body movements of the caller.



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OTS-2531.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 97-14-012, filed 6/20/97, effective 7/21/97)



WAC 230-08-040  Sales invoices--Minimum information to be recorded for transfer of gambling equipment and merchandise--Retention--Penalties. The following requirements apply to sales invoices:

(1) In addition to entries required by WAC 230-08-025, the following information shall be recorded on invoices for sales or transfer of gambling equipment and merchandise:

(a) Punch boards/pull-tabs - for each board or series:

(i) Trade name of device;

(ii) Type of device;

(iii) Form number or other manufacturer-assigned scheme to specifically identify a device, including the size or number of chances; and

(iv) Identification and inspection services stamp number.

(b) Pull-tab dispensing devices:

(i) Trade name of device;

(ii) Type of device; and

(iii) Identification and inspection services stamp number.

(c) Disposable bingo cards - for each set of cards or collation of packets:

(i) Type of product, including product line;

(ii) Description of product, including the number of cartons, "series," "on," "cut," and "up";

(iii) Identification and inspection services stamp number;

(iv) Serial number or, if packets, serial number of the top page;

(v) Color and border pattern or, if packets, color and border pattern of the top page; ((and))

(vi) The unit or package number when a series or collation has been divided as authorized in WAC 230-20-192(6); and

(vii) For disposable bingo cards to be sold for linked bingo prizes the beginning and ending sheet numbers sold to or returned from the operator.

(d) Merchandise to be used as prizes for any gambling activity, whether purchased from a licensed distributor or from other than a licensed distributor, must be recorded on a sales invoice or receipt. The following information must be on the sales invoice or receipt provided by the seller:

(i) The date of purchase;

(ii) The company's name and adequate business address;

(iii) A full description of each item purchased;

(iv) The quantity of items purchased; and

(v) The cost per individual items purchased; and

(e) All other gambling equipment:

(i) Trade name of device;

(ii) Type of device;

(iii) Serial number or other identification numbers or characteristics; and

(iv) Identification and inspection services stamp number.

(2) All sales invoices and receipts must be maintained by the operator for at least three years.

(3) Any manufacturer, distributor, linked bingo prize provider, or licensed representative of ((either)) the above, who fails to accurately complete any invoice for the sale or return of a punch board, pull-tab series, pull-tab dispensing device, disposable bingo cards, related merchandise, or other gambling device may be assessed a fee of up to fifty dollars per incomplete invoice. The fee shall be used to defray extra costs incurred by the commission in tracking transfers or other monitoring procedures as a result of errors or omissions.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (5), (6), (11), (14). 97-14-012, 230-08-040, filed 6/20/97, effective 7/21/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 94-01-033, 230-08-040, filed 12/6/93, effective 1/6/94.]

OTS-2530.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 98-04-024, filed 1/28/98, effective 7/1/98)



WAC 230-08-080  Daily records--Bingo. In addition to any other requirement set forth in these rules, licensees for the operation of bingo shall be required to prepare a detailed record covering each bingo session as defined in WAC 230-02-104: Provided, That operators of bingo games conducted at qualified agricultural fairs and other special locations shall be exempt from this rule, but will be required to keep all operator records by location in order to properly report all information as required by WAC 230-08-250. This detailed daily record shall disclose the following information for each separate session conducted during a bingo occasion:

(1) The gross gambling receipts collected for each separate type of sale, of any kind, for bingo games including, but not limited to, regular games, early bird games, blackout games, special games, or pick up games. These gross gambling receipts shall be supported by receipting records required by WAC 230-20-101 and inventory control records required by WAC 230-08-105. Licensees using the combination receipting method shall reconcile the extended value of all disposable cards, packets of cards, and electronically generated cards sold to the amount of sales recorded per the cash register;

(2) The amount paid out or accrued for prizes awarded for each bingo game. Each session record shall contain the following minimum information regarding prizes awarded:

(a) The game number;

(b) The dollar amount or the actual cost of each prize;

(c) A complete description of all noncash prizes;

(d) The consecutive number of the prize receipt issued for each prize;

(e) The duplicate copy of the prize receipt issued for all prizes awarded during the session or the merchandise prize receipt log as allowed by WAC 230-20-102(4);

(f) The check number of all checks used to pay winners of bingo games: Provided, That if the payment must be made by check under the guidelines of WAC 230-20-102 (1)(c), the duplicate copy must be maintained as a part of the session records; ((and))

(g) Full details of prizes accrued((.)); and

(h) For accrued prizes contributed to a linked bingo prize:

(i) The amount of the contribution;

(ii) The amount of any consolation prize paid by the licensee for a linked bingo prize game; and

(iii) The name of the linked bingo prize provider to whom the contribution is made;

(3) The net gambling receipts from each bingo session;

(4) The cash on hand at the commencement and the conclusion of each session;

(5) A reconciliation of cash on hand, net gambling receipts, and the bank deposit of net revenue for each session. The bank deposit shall be supported by a validated copy of the bank deposit receipt. Steps taken to reconcile overages and/or shortages that exceed twenty dollars for any session must be documented;

(6) An attendance record indicating the number of people participating and the time the attendance count was made;

(7) All bingo numbers or symbols selected and called during any game that offers a prize exceeding two hundred dollars. The numbers or symbols shall be recorded in the sequence selected. A computer generated "call sheet" may be used in lieu of a manual record if a print-out of results is made;

(8) The winning card or face number(s) for each individual prize awarded that exceeds two hundred dollars: Provided, That if the game is played using disposable bingo cards, the winning card or sheet of cards may be retained in lieu of the card numbers;

(9) A copy of the schedule of the games to be played and prizes available for the session: Provided, That if the record is annotated with the effective dates of each game schedule, it may be maintained separately and updated only when a change occurs. Any changes to the advertised and printed game and prize schedule, that occur during a session, must be noted in the session records and verified by the signature of the gambling manager assigned primary responsibility for supervising the session and another bingo worker on duty during the session;

(10) The gambling manager assigned primary responsibility for supervising the bingo session(s) must review all session records for accuracy, determine that required information is provided, and confirm the required deposit amount(s). After satisfactory completion of this review, the records must be signed by the gambling manager responsible for supervising the session before the gambling manager leaves the premises on the day(s) the session(s) was conducted; and

(11) All records required by this section shall be:

(a) Recorded in a standard format prescribed by the commission;

(b) Recorded during the course of each session; and

(c) Retained for a period of not less than three years.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (1), (11), (14). 98-04-024, 230-08-080, filed 1/28/98, effective 7/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (1), (8) - (11), (14), (20). 96-13-067 (Order 293), 230-08-080, filed 6/18/96, effective 7/19/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (1), (8), (9), (11), (13), (14), (20). 95-23-091, 230-08-080, filed 11/20/95, effective 1/1/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 94-01-034, 230-08-080, filed 12/6/93, effective 1/6/94. Statutory Authority: Chapter 9.46 RCW. 91-21-053 (Order 228), 230-08-080, filed 10/15/91, effective 11/15/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.020 (1) and (10) and 9.46.070 (3), (11) and (14). 86-09-036 (Order 157), 230-08-080, filed 4/11/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (8), (11), and (14). 83-13-050 (Order 134), 230-08-080, filed 6/14/83; Order 74, 230-08-080, filed 8/17/77; Order 43, 230-08-080, filed 11/28/75; Order 15, 230-08-080, filed 4/17/74; Order 5, 230-08-080, filed 12/19/73, 1:25 p.m.]

OTS-2501.1

NEW SECTION



WAC 230-08-165  Quarterly activity reports by linked bingo prize providers. Each licensed linked bingo prize provider shall submit an activity report to the commission concerning sales and services relating to gambling activities each quarter by completing a report form furnished by the commission. The following requirements shall be followed for completion and filing of activity reports:

(1) Quarterly reporting periods are defined as:

(a) January 1st through March 31st;

(b) April 1st through June 30th;

(c) July 1st through September 30th; and

(d) October 1st through December 31st;

(2) The completed report shall be received in the office of the commission or postmarked no later than thirty days following the end of the period for which it is made;

(3) The report shall be signed by the highest ranking executive officer or their designee. If the report is prepared by someone other than the licensee or their employee, then the preparer's name and business telephone number must be provided;

(4) The report shall include, among other items, the following:

(a) The gross sales of gambling related supplies or equipment or merchandise of any kind which could be used to operate, or in connection with bingo games where such sales are made in the state of Washington or for use or for distribution within this state;

(b) The quantity of each specific type of device, equipment or merchandise sold within this state or for distribution and use within this state by the licensee;

(c) A listing of the name and address of each person who was a linked bingo prize provider's representative for the licensee during the three-month period or who attempted to solicit sales of such devices, equipment or merchandise, either within the state of Washington or for use or distribution within the state;

(d) The number of employees in the state of Washington other than those listed in (c) of this subsection;

(e) The gross prizes disbursed for all linked bingo prizes managed;

(f) The balance of linked bingo prizes accrued; and

(g) A list of bingo licensees participating in linked bingo prizes managed;

(5) Each linked bingo prize provider with an active license must submit a report regardless of the level of activity. If no activity was conducted during the period, a report stating "no activity" shall be submitted; and

(6) If a licensee does not renew their license, then they shall file a report for the period between the previous report filed and the expiration date of the license.



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OTS-2566.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 97-09-073, filed 4/22/97, effective 7/1/97)



WAC 230-12-230  Agreements restricting freedom to buy and sell--Prohibited. (1) Except as provided in subsections (3) ((and)), (4), (5), and (6) of this section, no person shall enter into any agreement, expressly or implied, with any other person which requires any person to purchase exclusively from, or sell exclusively to, any other person, or which prohibits any person from purchasing from or selling to any other person, any devices, materials, products, equipment or services which are used or offered in any way in connection with a gambling activity.

(([(2)])) (2) No person shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, wherein any person is prohibited from, or required to, make purchases or sales only within a particular geographic area: Provided, That such agreements may be entered into between a licensee and its licensed representative.

(3) For amusement games, a person may enter into an agreement with another person for a period up to three years requiring such person to purchase exclusively from or sell exclusively to such other person, amusement games. The agreement may provide that it shall be automatically renewed for another three year period, or successive three year periods, if neither party gives termination notice of the agreement at least thirty days prior to its termination date.

(4) As related exclusively to amusement games, a person may enter into an agreement with another person for a period up to three years requiring such person to purchase exclusively from or sell exclusively to such other person, devices, materials, products, equipment, or services which are used in connection with a particular amusement game. The agreement may provide that it shall be automatically renewed for another three year period, or successive three year periods, if neither party gives termination notice of the agreement at least thirty days prior to its termination date.

(5) A licensed linked bingo prize provider may require a licensee to utilize particular bingo cards for conduct of a game with a linked bingo prize if such requirement is agreed to in a contract between a licensed linked bingo provider and licensed bingo operator, which is approved by the director.

(6) A linked bingo prize provider may enter into an exclusive agreement with a manufacturer to provide the bingo paper used in the linked bingo game.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (1), (3), (8), (9), (11), (13), (14), (20) and 9.46.0331. 97-09-073, 230-12-230, filed 4/22/97, effective 7/1/97; Order 15, 230-12-230, filed 4/17/74.]



NOTES:



Reviser's note: RCW 34.05.395 requires the use of underlining and deletion marks to indicate amendments to existing rules, and deems ineffectual changes not filed by the agency in this manner. The bracketed material in the above section does not appear to conform to the statutory requirement.



AMENDATORY SECTION [(Amending Order 364, filed 9/23/98)]



WAC 230-20-102  Bingo prizes--Record of winners. All payments of prizes for bingo games shall be accounted for and documented in a manner that affords independent verification of the amount paid and the fact of distribution to winners: Provided, That Class A and B bingo licensees, organizations conducting bingo under the provisions of RCW 9.46.0321, and bingo activities conducted at a qualified agricultural fair are exempt from all portions of this rule if the requirements of WAC 230-08-015 are followed. Payment of all prizes shall be documented using the following procedures:

(1) A prize receipt shall be completed for each prize awarded at bingo games: Provided, That merchandise prizes with a cost or fair market value of fifteen dollars or less may be receipted on a single log sheet as allowed in subsection (4) of this section. The following minimum information shall be recorded for each prize awarded:

(a) The date;

(b) The game number;

(c) The complete name and address of the winner. The following provision does not apply to linked bingo prizes: Provided, That an address of the winner is not required if prizes greater than $300 are paid by check or a combination of cash or check and:

(i) Checks are drawn on the licensee's gambling bank account;

(ii) Checks are made payable only to the winner: Provided, That checks for prizes won by players under age eighteen may be made payable to the guardian or immediate family member accompanying the player;

(iii) The game number and prize receipt number are notated on the check;

(iv) Checks used are of a type that provides a duplicate copy. The copies become a part of the daily bingo records and must be maintained as such;

(v) All original checks are returned by the bank to the licensee. Original checks shall be available for inspection upon demand by the commission; and

(vi) Checks drawn on the licensee's gambling account are not cashed or otherwise redeemed by the licensee or on the licensees premises.

(d) The dollar amount of the prize or the licensee's cost of noncash prizes;

(e) A full description of all noncash prizes;

(f) The check number, if any portion of the prize is paid by check; and

(g) The initials of the bingo worker making the payout and the cashier making the payment.

(2) Prize receipts shall be consecutively issued in an ascending order. Prize receipts bearing a number below the highest number issued during a session shall be voided and retained with the daily records.

(3) The original of each prize receipt shall be given to the winner and a duplicate copy shall be retained by the licensee as a part of its records for a period of not less than three years. (4) Merchandise prizes with a cost or fair market value of fifteen dollars or less may be receipted on a merchandise prize receipt log. A separate merchandise prize receipt log shall be maintained for each session used, and retained as a part of the bingo daily records. At a minimum, the following information must be recorded on the log:

(a) The date and session;

(b) The game number;

(c) The complete name of the winner printed;

(d) The cost of the prize or fair market value of the prize if donated;

(e) A full description of the prize;

(f) The initials of the person distributing the prize; and

(g) The criteria for awarding the prizes.

(5) Prize receipts shall be printed by a commercial printer and meet the following standards:

(a) Manufactured of two-part, self-duplicating paper that provides for an original and a duplicate copy;

(b) Imprinted with the name of the licensee and a consecutive ascending number that does not repeat in at least 100,000 occurrences: Provided, That Class E and smaller licensees may utilize receipts that are not imprinted with the licensee's name and which the consecutive number does not repeat in at least 1,000 occurrences; and

(c) Provide space for the licensee to record the information required by subsection (1) above.

(6) All prize receipts purchased or otherwise obtained must be accounted for by the licensee. Prize receipts purchased or otherwise obtained by the licensee shall be documented on a vendor's invoice. This invoice, or a photo-copy thereof, shall be maintained on the premises and available for inspection by commission staff. The following information shall be documented on the purchase invoice:

(a) Name of the vendor;

(b) Name of the purchasing organization;

(c) Date of purchase;

(d) Number of receipts purchased; and

(e) The beginning and ending receipt number.

(7) Licensees may establish an accrued prize fund for any game or set of games that have a progressive prize or offer a jackpot prize if special conditions are met during the game. Contributions to the accrued prize fund shall be treated as prizes awarded during the current session if the following conditions are met:

(a) Each game or set of games that offers a prize included in the accrued prize fund must be identified by the licensee prior to making contributions for such games;

(b) The licensee shall maintain a record, in an approved format, of all such games with at least the following information:

(i) The name of the game or set of games;

(ii) The sessions at which the game or set of games is played;

(iii) The game number(s) at each of the sessions the game or set of games is played;

(iv) The amount that will be added to the accrued prize fund each time the game or set of games is played;

(v) A description of how the contribution amount was determined;

(vi) The maximum accrued prize fund balance that will be reached for all games; and

(vii) The date of the most recent changes to this record;

(c) Prize receipts will be issued only when the prize is actually awarded;

(d) Once an election is made to accrue prizes for a particular game or set of games, the predetermined contribution amount must be added to the accrued prize fund each time the game or set of games is played, until the accrued prize fund reaches the maximum balance;

(e) Once the maximum is reached, no contributions will be made until the accrued prize fund balance has been decreased for a prize paid;

(f) Full details of accrued prizes outstanding at the end of each calendar quarter will be furnished on the licensee's activity report;

(g) A reconciliation of the prize fund shall be made on each "Daily summary - Cash control" record;

(h) The amount of prize accrued shall be deposited in the gambling receipts account per WAC 230-12-020;

(i) The balance of the gambling receipts banking account shall not be reduced at any time below the amount of prizes accrued and currently being offered: Provided, That accrued prizes may be transferred to a special bank account, for this purpose, if the balance is maintained at a level equal to or greater than the amount of prizes accrued and currently being offered;

(j) At no time shall the total accrued prize balance exceed two times the total amount of prizes available on the games identified in (a) of this subsection; and

(k) The accrued prize fund shall not be utilized for any purpose other than accumulating bingo prizes and the balance shall not be reduced except under the following circumstances:

(i) When prizes are actually awarded;

(ii) If management elects to discontinue games for which prizes were accrued. In this event, the operator shall amend all activity reports and tax returns that are affected by the action and which have been filed.

(8) Contributions made to an approved linked bingo prize shall be deposited into a separate account from the licensee's main gambling receipts account and shall be treated as prizes awarded during the session accrued; and

(9) Linked bingo main and bonus prizes awarded during a session may not be treated as a prize awarded during the current session.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (1), (11), (14). 98-04-024, 230-20-102, filed 1/28/98, effective 7/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070, 9.46.0209, 9.46.0237, 9.46.0205 and 9.46.075. 96-24-008 (Order 303), 230-20-102, filed 11/21/96, effective 12/22/96. Statutory Authority: Chapter 9.46 RCW. 91-21-053 (Order 228), 230-20-102, filed 10/15/91, effective 11/15/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 90-24-005 (Order 218), 230-20-102, filed 11/26/90, effective 12/27/90.]



Reviser's note: The bracketed material preceding the section above was supplied by the code reviser's office.



Reviser's note: RCW 34.05.395 requires the use of underlining and deletion marks to indicate amendments to existing rules. The rule published above varies from its predecessor in certain respects not indicated by the use of these markings.

OTS-2529.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 293, filed 6/18/96, effective 7/19/96)



WAC 230-20-107  Disposable (throwaway) bingo card method for receipting bingo income. The disposable bingo card method must be used to receipt for bingo income when disposable bingo cards are used. When utilizing the disposable bingo card method, the following requirements must be met:

(1) Cards must meet all requirements of WAC 230-20-192;

(2) The inventory control record required by WAC 230-08-105 must be completed;

(3) Cards or sheets of cards intended for playing a single game, including on-the-way games - the following shall be recorded for each set of cards:

(a) Serial number;

(b) The color and/or border pattern;

(c) The value of each card or sheet;

(d) The lowest consecutive card or sheet number issued as a receipt;

(e) The last card or sheet number issued as a receipt;

(f) Missing cards or sheets per the manufacturer's packing record;

(g) The number of cards returned and not issued;

(h) The number of cards issued as receipts; and

(i) The total gross gambling receipts from all cards issued as receipts;

(4) Packets sold and intended for playing a defined set of games within a session - the following shall be recorded for each set or collation of packs or packets of cards:

(a) The serial number of the top sheet or page of the packet;

(b) The color and/or border pattern of the top sheet or page of the packet;

(c) The lowest consecutive card, sheet, or packet number for the first packet issued as a receipt;

(d) The card, sheet, or packet number of the last or highest packet issued as a receipt;

(e) The number of packets issued as receipts;

(f) The number of packets returned and not issued;

(g) Missing packets per the manufacturer's packing record;

(h) The value of each packet; and

(i) The total gross receipts from all packets issued as receipts;

(5) Each disposable card, or sheet or packet of cards, from the same set or collation shall be consecutively issued at each individual sales point. Each card, or sheet or packet of cards, which were not issued consecutively during a session, and the audit number is lower than the highest audit number issued as a receipt, shall be retained by the licensee for a period of not less than one year: Provided, That cards, or sheets or packets of cards, required by this subsection to be retained may be sold at the next bingo session that the specific set of cards is used: Provided further, That unsold cards issued to an operator for the purpose of being sold for a linked bingo prize may be returned to the linked bingo prize provider and stored for a period of six months or until they have been examined and approved by commission staff for destruction, whichever is less: Provided further, That unopened blocks of two hundred fifty cards may be reissued; and

(6) Disposable cards issued for each type of sale shall be recorded separately as required by WAC 230-08-080. When more than one card or sheet number appears on a sheet of cards, the audit system designated by the manufacturer shall be used to determine the beginning and ending number sold. Each time the numbering of the sheets breaks in the set, a separate entry shall be made in the records.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (1), (8) - (11), (14), (20). 96-13-067 (Order 293), 230-20-107, filed 6/18/96, effective 7/19/96.]

OTS-2316.4

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 293, filed 6/18/96, effective 7/19/96)



WAC 230-20-246  Manner of conducting bingo. ((The conducting of a bingo game shall include, but is not limited to, the following rules:)) In addition to all other requirements set forth in this Title, the following limitations and procedures shall be utilized for conducting bingo games:

(1) For purposes of this Title, a bingo game shall be deemed conducted at the premises at which cards are sold and winners are determined;

(2) All sales of bingo cards shall take place upon the licensed premises during or immediately preceding the session for which the card is being sold;

(((2))) (3) Bingo cards shall be sold and paid for prior to selection of the first symbol or number for a specified game or specified number of games: Provided, That cards may be sold after the start of a game, or number of games, if the late sale does not allow any player an advantage over any other player. Hard cards purchased or exchanged after the first symbol or number is selected may only be used during subsequent games. Any sales method that allows a player to select a specific disposable or throwaway card shall be deemed to allow the player an advantage;

(((3))) (4) No operator shall reserve, or allow to be reserved, any bingo card for use by players: Provided, That braille cards or other cards for use by visually impaired or disabled players may be reserved. Visually impaired players may use their personal braille cards when a licensee does not provide such cards. The licensee shall have the right to inspect, and to reject, any personal braille card. A visually impaired or disabled person may use a braille card or reserved hard card in place of a purchased throwaway;

(((4))) (5) All cards sold to participate for a specific prize or set of prizes shall be sold for the same price and be distinct and readily distinguished from all other cards in play: Provided, That similar cards used to participate for the same prize or set of prizes may be sold at a discount which is based solely on volume if each separate discount price is recorded using a separate sales identification code and records provide for an audit trail;

(((5))) (6) All symbols or numbers shall be selected on the premises and in the presence of players paying to participate in the game. Immediately following the drawing of each ball in a bingo game, the caller shall display the symbol or number on the ball to the participants: Provided, That this subsection does not apply to games being played for a linked bingo prize, as long as the drawing of the balls can be viewed by all participants;

(((6))) (7) The symbol or number on the ball shall be called out prior to the drawing of any other ball;

(((7))) (8) After the symbol or number is called, the corresponding symbol or number on the licensee's flashboard, if any, shall be lit for participant viewing. In a game where a symbol or number on the ball is not applicable to the game being played, it is not necessary to call that symbol or number to the participants before placing it for viewing on the flashboard;

(((8))) (9) A game ends when a specific pattern has been achieved by a player or a specific number of symbols or numbers has been called. Each game shall be played using a separate selection process: Provided, That the same or a continuing selection process may be used to play the following games:

(a) Interim or "on-the-way" games, including "instant winner" games in which winners are determined by matching a predetermined number of symbols or numbers to balls called, or by matching a predetermined pattern within an established number of calls;

(b) Games for which cards are sold for different prices and players win a different prize depending on the price they pay to play; and

(c) Bonus games which are games played concurrently with other bingo games and the winner is determined by a player calling a valid bingo which includes a predetermined or preselected number or symbol;

(((9))) (10) No bingo game shall be conducted to include a prize determined other than by the matching of symbols or numbers on a bingo card with symbols or numbers called by the licensee, except as authorized by WAC 230-20-242. All persons who have paid to participate in the game are competing for a specific prize or a portion of a prize pool. If a prize pool has been designated and more than one player achieves a winning pattern at the same time, all such players shall be considered the winner and a portion of the prize pool shall be equally divided among all players achieving the same winning pattern;

(((10))) (11) The minimum amount of an individual prize, prize pool, or portion of a prize pool available for each bingo game shall be established and disclosed to bingo game players prior to their purchase of a chance to participate in a bingo game. The minimum prize may be increased by the gambling manager before the start of a game or through the following schemes during the game:

(a) Schemes using standard bingo equipment and cards such as:

(i) Number of symbols or numbers called before a player achieving a winning combination;

(ii) The specific symbol or number called;

(iii) The specific letter called;

(iv) Position of winning combinations on the card;

(v) Position of the card on the sheet of cards;

(vi) Odd or even symbol or numbers; and

(vii) The number of symbols or numbers matched within a specific number of calls;

(b) Schemes preprinted on disposable cards that rely on a number or symbol called during a game; or

(c) Second element of chance schemes authorized by WAC 230-20-242(4).

(((11))) (12) Immediately upon a bingo player declaring a winning combination of symbols or numbers, the winning card shall be verified by a game employee and at least one neutral player: Provided, That games played as "instant winners" and awarding fifty dollars or less do not need to be verified by a neutral player if an audit trail is maintained including a method which identifies the winning combination of numbers, symbols, or patterns and the numbers, symbols, or patterns called;

(((12))) (13) Upon a bingo player declaring a winning bingo, the next ball out of the machine shall be removed from the machine prior to shutting the machine off and shall be the next ball to be called in the event the declared winning bingo is not valid;

(((13))) (14) After a winning bingo is validated, the prize shall be awarded using the following procedures:

(a) Each winner shall be required to provide proof that they have purchased the winning bingo card. The licensee shall review the prize winner's income receipt and determine that the player has properly purchased all cards played during the games, including the winning card;

(b) Each prize winner shall be positively identified. The licensee shall require such proof of identification as is necessary to establish the prize winner's identity prior to paying any prize. The winner is responsible for furnishing proof to the licensee that all information required by this rule is true and accurate. Prizes may be withheld until the winner has provided adequate identification;

(c) The prize shall be awarded and a record made by completing a prize receipt as required by WAC 230-08-080 and 230-20-102. A complete address and tax payer identification number should be recorded for each prize valued at $1,200 or more;

(d) All prizes for a particular game must be available prior to starting the game and shall be awarded by the end of the related session: Provided, That linked main and bonus prizes must be paid within forty-eight hours;

(e) All merchandise offered as prizes to bingo players shall have been paid in full, without lien or interest of others, prior to the merchandise being offered as a prize: Provided, That the licensee may enter into a contract to immediately purchase the merchandise when it is awarded as a prize, with the contract revocable if prize winners are allowed to exercise an option to receive a cash prize or the prize is no longer offered; and

(((14))) (15) No operator shall engage in any act, practice, or course of operation as would operate as a fraud to affect the outcome of any bingo game.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (1), (8) - (11), (14), (20). 96-13-067 (Order 293), 230-20-246, filed 6/18/96, effective 7/19/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 94-18-013 (Order 257), 230-20-246, filed 8/25/94, effective 9/25/94; 93-13-062 (Order 240), 230-20-246, filed 6/17/93, effective 7/18/93. Statutory Authority: Chapter 9.46 RCW. 91-21-053 (Order 228), 230-20-246, filed 10/15/91, effective 11/15/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 90-24-005 (Order 218), 230-20-246, filed 11/26/90, effective 12/27/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (11) and (14). 89-17-056 (Order 196), 230-20-246, filed 8/15/89, effective 9/15/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.020 (1) and (10) and 9.46.070 (3), (11) and (14). 86-09-036 (Order 157), 230-20-246, filed 4/11/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.030 (2) and (3) and 9.46.070 (11) and (14). 83-19-024 (Order 136), 230-20-246, filed 9/13/83.]

OTS-2496.2

NEW SECTION



WAC 230-20-255  Linked bingo prizes--Approval--Manner of conducting. A linked bingo prize provider must request and receive approval from the director prior to allowing a bingo operator to participate in a game that offers a linked bingo prize. A bingo operator shall not be approved to offer more than one linked bingo prize per session and no more than three linked bingo prizes per day. Additionally, the provider must notify the commission within seven days when an operator stops participating in a game that offers a linked bingo prize.

The conducting of a linked bingo prize shall include, but is not limited to, the following rules:

(1) All numbers selected for a linked bingo prize shall be selected on the premises of a licensee participating in the linked bingo prize and in the presence of players paying to participate in the game. Immediately following the drawing of each ball in a bingo game, the caller shall display the number to all participants;

(2) Immediately upon a bingo player declaring a winning bingo for the main or bonus prize, the winning card shall be verified by at least a licensed gambling manager, a neutral player, and the game caller with the winning combination disclosed to all players participating in the game;

(3) The machine used for the mixing and selection of the numbers must remain in operation until all balls are removed from the machine and recorded in the order they were removed;

(4) A bingo licensee will have up to forty-eight hours to award a main or bonus prize to the player or players who have been deemed the winner(s);

(5) If a linked bingo prize provider fails to distribute cards in a manner that ensures duplicate cards are not in play, then the linked bingo prize provider shall be responsible for the increases to the prize pool as required by WAC 230-30-240(7);

(6) It is the responsibility of the linked bingo prize provider to establish procedures for participating operators to follow that reduce the possibility of operator error;

(7) Prior to beginning a game for a linked bingo prize, each participating operator must disclose to their players the serial numbers and sheet numbers for all cards sold at the premises;

(8) A linked bingo prize provider may not restrict which licensed bingo operators may participate in a linked bingo prize: Provided, That a linked bingo prize provider may establish a minimum card sales volume by an operator for that operator to receive equipment to conduct the game without compensation for that equipment;

(9) A linked bingo prize provider may establish the consolation prize amount to be paid at each participating location: Provided, That participating operators whose sales volume does not meet the minimum as set forth in subsection (8) of this section shall be allowed to pay a consolation prize that is less than this amount;

(10) If hidden face bingo cards are used, a linked bingo prize provider may, as part of the game rules, allow players to mark all odd or even numbers based on the calendar date;

(11) Class A, B, or C bingo licensees participating in a linked bingo prize must maintain all records required for a class D bingo licensee. These records shall be maintained for all bingo operations;

(12) All card sales must stop prior to the drawing of the first ball;

(13) The licensee may not require a player to call bingo on the last number called; and

(14) For all games with a linked bingo prize, a winner must be determined at each premises which sells cards to participate in the game.



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