Effective Date of Rule: January 1, 2008.
Purpose: The gambling commission is rewriting its rules manual using plain English techniques. The rules manual has been divided into sections and is being rewritten a section at a time. Rules pertaining to promotional contests of chance have been rewritten in plain English and titled as chapter 230-18 WAC.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 06-17-134 on August 22, 2006, with a published date of September 6, 2006.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: October 25, 2006.
PROMOTIONAL CONTESTS OF CHANCE NOT LICENSED BY THE WASHINGTON STATE GAMBLING COMMISSION
(1) A business must not:
(a) Charge participants a direct or indirect fee to participate in the PCOC. Indirect fees include, but are not limited to, cover charges; and
(b) Operate the PCOC for no more than a total of three hours per day, twice per week. Participants must receive a bingo card immediately before the start of each game.
(2) A business must:
(a) Award only merchandise items, such as food, nonalcoholic beverages, hats, shirts, or other promotional items valued at less than twenty-five dollars each. The business must:
(i) Not substitute cash prizes for merchandise prizes; and
(ii) Not award prizes worth more than one hundred dollars per week or five thousand dollars per year; and
(iii) Record the names of winners and prize(s) won for each game; and
(b) Use recreational bingo cards that are not used in authorized bingo games.
(a) Are readily distinguishable from other pull-tabs sold in the state of Washington; and
(b) Are designed and manufactured for a specific PCOC; and
(c) Clearly display the name of the sponsoring business or the promoted product(s); and
(d) Have no price per play on the card; and
(e) Have the official rules of play, including "no purchase necessary," printed on the back.
(2) We may seize PCOC game cards that violate these restrictions.