WSR 06-22-052

PERMANENT RULES

GAMBLING COMMISSION


[ Order 603 -- Filed October 27, 2006, 8:53 a.m. , effective January 1, 2008 ]


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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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.

Susan Arland

Rules Coordinator

OTS-9122.1

Chapter 230-18 WAC

PROMOTIONAL CONTESTS OF CHANCE NOT LICENSED BY THE WASHINGTON STATE GAMBLING COMMISSION


NEW SECTION
WAC 230-18-005   Telephone fees deemed "consideration."   Participants may be required to place a telephone call to enter a promotional contest of chance, but additional fees such as those for a 1-900 number are "consideration" and are not authorized.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 230-18-010   Promotional contests of chance similar to bingo.   A business may offer a promotional contest of chance (PCOC) that is similar to bingo, commonly referred to as "no fee bingo."

(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.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 230-18-015   Promotional game cards used in promotional contests of chance.   (1) A business may use promotional game cards similar to pull-tabs as part of a promotional contest of chance (PCOC) if the game cards:

(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.

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Washington State Code Reviser's Office