WSR 01-05-018

PERMANENT RULES

GAMBLING COMMISSION


[ Order 398 -- Filed February 9, 2001, 3:56 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: February 9, 2001.

Purpose: During meetings with the bingo net return task force, new marketing schemes for pull-tabs were discussed as a way to promote business for the bingo halls. This rules package sets forth two new marketing schemes for pull-tabs series.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 00-13-029 on June 13, 2000, with a publication date of July 5, 2000. Supplemental notice filed December 20, 2000, under WSR 01-01-143 with a published date of January 3, 2001.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: The commission chose not to adopt two of the rules (WAC 230-02-260 and 230-20-036) that were filed with the supplemental notice.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

February 9, 2001

Susan Arland

Rules Coordinator

OTS-4623.3


NEW SECTION
WAC 230-30-033   Event pull-tab series -- Definitions -- Restrictions.   Charitable or nonprofit bingo operators may use event pull-tab series under the following definitions and restrictions.


Definitions.


(1) The following definitions apply to this section:

(a) "Event pull-tab series" means a pull-tab series that includes a predetermined number of pull-tabs which allow a player to advance to an event round;

(b) "Event round" means a secondary element of chance where the prizes are determined based on pull-tabs which match specific winning numbers drawn in a bingo game. The winning numbers must fall within numbers 1 through 75.


Manufacturing restrictions.


(2) The following manufacturing restrictions apply to this section:

(a) An event pull-tab series shall be manufactured meeting all standards of construction included in WAC 230-30-103;

(b) An event pull-tab series may include instant winning prizes in addition to event round prizes;

(c) The flare shall clearly set out the following:

(i) All prizes available, in accordance with WAC 230-30-106;

(ii) The number of chances available to advance to the event round;

(iii) How the event round winner is to be determined; and

(iv) The number of winning pull-tabs at the instant winner level, and the number of winning pull-tabs at the event round level.


Operational restrictions.


(3)(a) The event pull-tab series must be played in a charitable or nonprofit bingo hall and must be played and completed within one bingo session;

(b) Prior to putting an event pull-tab series into play, the operator must fully disclose, in plain view, when the event round (which involves the second element of chance) will take place;

(c) Event pull-tab series must be available for purchase until immediately prior to the event round, unless the game has been completely sold out;

(d) A licensed manager must be present at all times an event pull-tab series is in play, including sales of tickets and selection of winners;

(e) The following are prohibited for use with event pull-tab series:

(i) Substitute flares;

(ii) Bonus pull-tab series; and

(iii) Carry-over jackpots.

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OTS-4617.3


NEW SECTION
WAC 230-30-034   Seal card pull-tab series -- Definitions -- Restrictions.   Operators may use seal card pull-tab series under the following definitions and restrictions:


Definitions.


(1) The following definitions apply to this section:

(a) "Seal card pull-tab series" means a pull-tab series that includes a predetermined number of pull-tabs which allow a player to advance to the seal card round; and

(b) "Seal card round" means a secondary element of chance where the prizes are determined based on the number or symbol concealed by a seal located on the flare and associated with the name of a player that has advanced to the seal card round.


Manufacturing restrictions.


(2) The following manufacturing restrictions apply to this section:

(a) A seal card pull-tab series, including any seals on the flare, shall be manufactured meeting all standards of construction included in WAC 230-30-103;

(b) The flare may include up to two seals. The second seal may be offered as an additional prize, but may not be offered as an alternative to the original seal prize;

(c) The seal card pull-tab series shall include forms to be attached to the pull-tabs that list each seal card round participant with adequate information for contacting winners of the seal card round;

(d) The flare shall clearly set out the following:

(i) All prizes available, in accordance with WAC 230-30-106;

(ii) The number of chances available to advance to the seal card round, and how the seal card round winner is to be determined; and

(iii) The number of winning tabs at the instant winner level, and the number of winning tabs at the seal card round level.

(e) If perforated windows are used for the seal on the flare, the numbers or symbols must be covered by a means which prevents detection of the winning number or symbol prior to opening.


Operating restrictions.


(3) The following operational restrictions apply to this section:

(a) Seal card pull-tabs series must be played in the following manner:

(i) Seal card round prizes shall be awarded for all seal card pull-tab series that are placed out for play. The seal card pull-tab series must be played out before it is pulled from play unless the operator elects to award the seal card round prizes without all tickets being purchased. The operator shall contact the seal card round winner within two business days. The seal card round winner shall be given two weeks after being contacted to redeem their prize. If the seal card round winner does not redeem their prize within two weeks, an alternate winner may be selected. The method of selecting an alternate winner must be established and fully disclosed prior to placing a game out for play; and

(ii) When a player receives a ticket that allows them to enter the seal card round, they must enter their name or allow the operator to enter their name on the flare based on the line indicated by the number or symbol on the pull-tab. The player must then turn in their ticket to the operator. The information to locate the winner shall be recorded at the time their name is entered on the flare. This information shall be maintained with the records of the game and be kept during the maintenance period of the game. All seal card pull-tab series must be maintained on premises and be available for public inspection for a period of two weeks after they are pulled from play. If a seal card round winner is not located within that time frame, the maintenance time shall be extended until a winner is designated for the game.

(b) Substitute flares, bonus pull-tab series and carry-over jackpots are prohibited from use with seal card pull-tab series.

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