WSR 97-05-061

PERMANENT RULES

GAMBLING COMMISSION

[Filed February 19, 1997, 9:31 a.m., effective July 1, 1997]

Date of Adoption: February 14, 1997.

Purpose: This requires keno prizes greater than ten dollars to be documented in addition to requiring the retention of keno winning cards and cash register receipts for any tier prize.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 230-20-247.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.0205 and 9.46.070 (1), (8), (11), (14), (20).

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 96-24-005 on November 21, 1996.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 1, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 1, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.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: July 1, 1997.

February 18, 1997

David Shaw

Rules and Policy Coordinator

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 298, filed 7/16/96 [7/17/96], effective 8/1/96)

WAC 230-20-247 Keno bingo--Definitions and requirements. Beginning August 1, 1996, Bingo licensees may play "keno bingo" games in which the players compete for portions of a prize pool based on matching the player selected bingo numbers with a specified number of balls called. The following definitions and requirements apply to keno bingo games:

(1) Definitions:

(a) A "way" is defined as a grouping of the numbers selected by players and documented on a single keno bingo card. Each "way" is a different possible winning combination;

(b) "Low tier prizes" are prizes worth fifty dollars or less;

(c) "Middle tier prizes" are prizes worth more than fifty dollars, but not more than $1,000; and

(d) "High tier prizes" are prizes worth more than one thousand dollars.

(e) A "player selection form" is a single copy of a keno bingo card which displays all seventy-five numbers. The player utilizes this form to select their numbers. In no case shall the player selection form be substituted for a completed keno bingo card.

(2) Keno bingo card requirements:

(a) Keno bingo cards must be printed on two-part, self-duplicating paper that provides for an original and a duplicate copy;

(b) The standards for disposable bingo cards as defined in WAC 230-20-192 are followed; and

(c) Cards must have seventy-five spaces numbered one to seventy-five.

(3) Operational restrictions:

(a) Licensees may offer a maximum of six different priced keno bingo card sets for play at any one time;

(b) Keno bingo players may play a maximum of five "ways" per card. Each way must be clearly distinguishable and noted by an alphabetical reference. Each number picked cannot be used in more than two ways.

(c) Players must pick a minimum of two and a maximum of eight numbers per card;

(d) Maximum price per way is three dollars; and

(e) Maximum total price per keno bingo card is fifteen dollars.

(4) Receipting requirements((.)): The licensee must use combination receipting as set forth in WAC 230-20-108 (3) and (4), in addition to the following requirements:

(a) The time and date of sale must be recorded on the cash register receipt;

(b) Voided keno bingo cards must have the word "void" stamped or written on the bingo card and must be signed by a bingo worker and the bingo manager and retained with the daily keno bingo records for that keno bingo session; and

(c) If electronically-generated bingo cards are used, the electronic bingo card must include the time and date the card was issued.

(d) All receipting records shall be totaled and closed out before starting sales for the next keno bingo game.

(5) Manner of conducting keno bingo:

(a) Players shall mark the numbers they select on a player selection form. The player selection form shall be given to a bingo worker along with the dollar amount of the card purchased. A bingo worker shall complete a keno bingo card using the numbers selected on the player selection form. The original bingo card shall then be placed in a separate lock box designated for that series. The duplicate copy shall be returned to the player along with the corresponding cash register receipt. Upon receiving the keno bingo card from the bingo worker, the player shall be responsible for determining the accuracy of the card.

(b) At least five minutes before the drawing of the keno bingo number, card sales shall cease and cash registers shall be subtotaled. The bingo licensee shall make an announcement notifying players when sales have been closed for each game. The time sales are closed and the cash register subtotals shall be recorded immediately on the daily keno bingo record for each keno bingo game.

(c) All keno bingo cards shall be placed in a lock box before the first keno bingo number is drawn. The gambling manager shall then close the box and record the time on the daily bingo record for the keno bingo session.

(d) Operators shall draw twenty of the seventy-five bingo balls.

(e) Refunds shall not be allowed: Provided, that a one-for-one exchange may be made by the operator in cases where errors are discovered before the lock box is closed. The procedures to be followed when making such exchanges include:

(i) The player must initial the card; and

(ii) The operator must follow the voided card requirements.

(6) Determining winners, awarding and receipting prizes: Upon determination of a winning card, the player shall present their duplicate copy of the original winning card and the cash register receipt to a bingo worker. The original bingo card shall be retrieved from the lock box and reviewed to determine if it is a winner. Upon determination of a winner, the prize shall be computed and the winner positively identified as set forth under WAC 230-20-246 (14)(b). Winning cards must be presented and prizes paid as follows:

(a) Prize payouts may not exceed amounts listed on a director approved keno bingo payout schedule available from any commission office upon request.

(b) Low tier prizes shall be paid before the end of the keno bingo session. An announcement shall be made notifying players of their last opportunity to turn in winning low tier cards.

(c) All middle and high tier prizes shall be claimed before the start of the next game and paid before the end of the keno bingo session. The licensee shall set a time limit for middle and high tier winners to present their winning cards and cash register receipts in order to determine whether the maximum total prize pool will be exceeded. An announcement shall be made notifying players of their last opportunity to turn in winning middle and high tier cards.

(d) The maximum total middle and high tier prizes that may be awarded per game is twenty thousand dollars. If this limit is exceeded, middle and high tier winners shall divide the prize as provided by WAC 230-20-246(9).

(e) A prize receipt shall be prepared and issued for all prizes awarded over ten dollars.

(f) Prize winners shall print their name and date of birth on all winning cards and the bingo worker shall initial the card.

(g) All high tier winning cards shall be verified by a neutral player and a licensed gambling manager. Upon verification, the manager and neutral player shall sign the winning card.

(7) Keno bingo record keeping requirements: A separate bingo daily record shall be maintained for keno bingo games. In addition to the requirements of WAC 230-08-080, the licensee must also:

(a) Maintain a call record for every game which includes the time the first number was drawn, the numbers called, and the sequence numbers were called;

(b) Make a separate deposit for keno bingo receipts. The deposit receipt shall be maintained with keno bingo session records;

(c) Use a separate series of prize receipts that indicate keno bingo and meet the requirements of WAC 230-20-102;

(d) Retain ((all)) winning cards and cash register receipts for all prizes awarded ((for middle and high tier prizes)); and

(e) If a shift change is made during a keno bingo session, a bank reconciliation must be performed and signed by the workers.

(8) Required disclosures to players: Operators shall develop and post house rules that disclose at a minimum the following information:

(a) A keno bingo schedule, including when the keno bingo session begins and ends;

(b) Time limits on claiming prizes, including what constitutes the end of the session;

(c) That the player is responsible to ensure the accuracy of the numbers recorded on their card;

(d) That the player is responsible to ensure cards are purchased before the start of the game; and

(e) Prizes offered and prize limitations.

(f) The player selection forms shall include the players' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of the numbers recorded on the bingo card and all house rules relating to keno bingo.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (1), (11), (13), (14), (20). 96-15-064 (Order 298), 230-20-247, filed 7/17/96, effective 8/1/96.]

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