[Filed February 19, 1997, 9:32 a.m.]
Date of Adoption: February 14, 1997.
Purpose: This rule establishes how progressive prizes are made, how progressive jackpots accrue, and the method for calculating the required percentage payout.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 230-30-025.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070 (1), (2), (4), (8), (11), (14).
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.
Reasons for this Finding: Changes to the previous rule were immediately needed to prevent the possibility of operators continuously pulling the game without letting the jackpot be won and to ensure that the minimum prize payout percentage of all pull tab games was applied correctly.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 1, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 1, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 1, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 1, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
February 18, 1997
Rules and Policy Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 305, filed 11/21/96)
WAC 230-30-025 Progressive jackpot pull tab ((
games)) series -
Definitions - Restrictions - (( Manner of conducting - Record keeping -
Approval)) Operating procedures. The Commission finds that the
preservation of the public general welfare, and prevention of fraud
against the player and gambling industry necessitates the immediate
adoption of the following requirements.
For purposes of this title, the following definitions, restrictions,
operating procedures, and record keeping requirements apply to ((
devices)) progressive jackpot pull tab series.
(a) Progressive jackpot ((
prize)) - A (( minimum)) prize that is
comprised of a starting jackpot amount (( prize)) which increases by
(( plus the accumulation of)) a predetermined (( dollar)) amount (( of)) for
each pull tab (( sale)) sold (( . The jackpot shall increase for each pull
tab sale)) until a player redeems the winning jackpot tab.
(b) Jackpot accrual rate - The rate at which a jackpot accrues. This rate shall determine the amount of each pull tab sold which will be added to the starting jackpot.
(c) Accrued portion of the progressive jackpot - The progressive jackpot at the time the game is pulled, less the starting jackpot amount.
(d) Bank system - a ((
set)) group of (( up to ten)) dispensing
devices networked together. These devices shall be linked to a computer
system capable of calculating total sales and the accumulation of the
progressive jackpot (( prize)).
What are the operating conditions governing dispensing devices used for
progressive jackpot pull tabs?
(2) Progressive jackpot pull tab dispensing devices may be operated under the following conditions:
(a) All machines in a bank system must be located ((
the same physical proximity on the license premises, so that players can
observe all tabs in a series;
(b) Each bank system must be linked to a computer system which
monitors)) records all sales and the accumulation of the progressive
jackpot (( prize));
(c) A licensee may have more than one bank system operating at one time, but at no time shall a bank system exceed ten machines; and
From the effective date of this rule, t)) The number of
progressive pull tab dispensing devices per location shall be limited to
ten machines for commercial stimulant licensees and twenty machines for
charitable or nonprofit licensees. The director may approve an increase
in the number of machines upon receipt of a written request by the
licensee if the director determines that the licensee is in compliance
with all regulations and approval would not be detrimental to the
interests of the commission and/or the public;
In addition to all other rules governing pull tabs, what additional
requirements apply to ((
Under what conditions may)) progressive jackpot
pull tab series (( games be operated))?
(3) Progressive jackpot pull tab ((
games)) series shall be conducted
in the same manner as other pull tab series (( games)). In addition, the
following requirements apply:
(a) An owner or licensed commercial or charitable or non-profit
gambling manager shall be on the premises at all times during the
operation of progressive jackpot pull tab series ((
(b) Tabs shall be stored in secured locations with access limited
authorized)) owners and licensed individuals only;
(c) The licensee shall have sufficient funds available to pay all prizes upon redemption of winning tabs. Failure to have sufficient funds available shall be prima facie evidence of defrauding the public in violation of RCW 9.46.190;
(d) The current progressive jackpot ((
prize)) total must be clearly
displayed near the bank of machines at all times during the sale of
progressive pull tabs; (( . The maximum jackpot prize amount shall also
be disclosed near the bank of machines;))
(e) One flare shall be prominently displayed near the bank of machines;
(f) The following are prohibited for use with progressive jackpot
pull tab series ((
(i) Substitute flares;
(ii) Merchandise prizes; and
(iii) Last sale prizes((
(f) The operator must disclose the operating procedures regarding playing out a series or carrying over accrued prizes, as set forth in (4)(e) below; and
(g) After the retention period, unsold tabs shall be destroyed in such a manner that unopened winning tabs may not be found and used later.
What are the operating conditions governing prizes ((
and the payout
(4) The following conditions apply to ((
the)) prizes (( and payout
regiment)) for progressive jackpot pull tab series (( games)):
(a) The prize pool which includes the starting jackpot amount plus
all other winners shall be equal to or greater than forty percent of
total gross gambling receipts available from the series; ((
minimum possible jackpot prize shall be included in determining the sixty
percent payout, as required by WAC 230-30-075;))
(b) The minimum jackpot accrual rate shall be determined by a formula whereby the starting jackpot will accrue to an amount which, when added to all other winners, will reach at least sixty percent of total gross gambling receipts available by the end of the series;
(c) The manufacturer shall determine the ((
jackpot amount and corresponding jackpot accrual rate needed to meet the
sixty percent payout requirement in (4)(a) and (b) above. This
information shall be packaged with each series;
(c) Operators may increase the minimum jackpot amount prior to
putting the game in play;))
(d) The ((
maximum)) starting jackpot amount plus the accrued portion
of the progressive jackpot (( prize)) for an individual series, not
including the portion carried over from previous series, shall not exceed
five thousand dollars; (( , as required by WAC 230-30-075(2). However,
operators may elect to set the maximum jackpot at an amount less than
five thousand dollars)); and
(e) The licensed operator shall set the amount to be added to the
jackpot prize for each ticket sold. This amount will remain the same for
each pull tab sold from a game; Provided, that the jackpot prize may not
exceed the maximum jackpot prize detailed in (4)(d) above;))
(e) Operators shall not remove a progressive jackpot pull tab series
from play prior to the progressive jackpot being won: Provided, That
operators may elect to pull a series from play at the beginning or end
of any business day only if the accrued portion of the progressive
jackpot is carried over to a new series within twenty-four hours. The
accrued portion of the progressive jackpot shall be added to the starting
jackpot amount from the new series when it is placed out for play. The
minimum starting jackpot of the subsequent series must be equal to or
greater than the ending jackpot amount of the previous series.
How must winning tabs be redeemed?
(5) Winning tabs shall be redeemed in the same manner as required by WAC 230-30-070. The following requirements also apply:
(a) For jackpot prizes ((
one thousand two hundred)) six hundred
dollars and over, the winner's full name, address, and social security
number shall be recorded on a separate form for income tax purposes;
(b) At least the ((
minimum)) starting jackpot (( prize amount))
portion of the progressive jackpot shall be paid by check. The licensee
shall record the check number in addition to the information required in
WAC 230-30-070(( -))(5). These checks may not be cashed on the licensed
(c) All jackpot winning tabs must be defaced immediately upon
;)) instead of within twenty-four hours.
What records must I keep, and for how long must they be retained?
(6) All record keeping requirements outlined in WAC 230-08-010 must be followed, in addition to the following:
(a) All winning tabs and winner information for jackpot prizes,
along with the ((
game)) flares, must be retained for one year from the
date in which the (( games)) series were removed from play; and
(b) Licensees shall record progressive jackpot ((
games)) series on
a separate monthly record in a format prescribed by the commission.
(( This format must contain the following i)) In addition to the
information required by WAC 230-08-010(9), the following must be recorded
for each series:
(i) Starting jackpot amount;
(ii) Jackpot accrual rate;
(iii) The ((
Dollar)) amount, stated in currency, of each pull tab
sold (( sale)) which is contributed to the jackpot;
(ii) Separate prizes paid figures for jackpot prizes and regular
(iv) Number of tabs sold out of each dispensing device;
(v) Progressive jackpot amount, if awarded;
(vi) Ending progressive jackpot amount, if the series was pulled prior to the jackpot being won;
(vii) Regular prizes awarded; and
(iii) (viii) Prizes paid by check;
(c) Licensees are required to maintain records for each game/bank
(i) The beginning jackpot prize amount;
(ii) The number of tickets sold out of each dispensing device; and
(iii) The ending jackpot prize amount;
(d) The above records must be maintained for a period of not less
than three years from the end of the fiscal year for which the records
What aspects of a progressive pull tab system require agency approval and
what standards are applicable to this approval process?
(7) The director shall approve all progressive jackpot pull tab
games and all)) progressive jackpot dispensing devices, and(( .
In addition, the director shall approve all)) computer software used to
link dispensing devices, accrue jackpot prizes, and store data used in
preparing records. Procedures for approval are as follows:
(a) Any costs related to ((
the)) this approval (( of progressive
jackpot pull tab games, progressive jackpot dispensing devices, and
computer software used to link dispensing devices, accrue jackpot prizes,
or store date used in preparing records)) shall be billed to the persons
requesting approval(( .));
(a))) (b) The following progressive jackpot pull tab series
requirements shall be approved prior to sale in Washington:
The progressive jackpot dispensing device;
(ii))) The process used to manufacture the progressive jackpot
series (( games)); and
(iii))) (ii) The secondary win code system; and
(b))) (c) Computer software requiring the approval of the (( D))
director shall be subject to the following standards;
(i) For each game, no person other than the maker of the software shall be able to alter data once it is input into the system; and
(ii) The system must stop accruing when the jackpot amount reaches
$5,000 or the maximum amount predetermined by the operator;
(iii))) (ii) A record of transactions for a game must be retained
in memory until the transactions have been totaled, printed, and cleared
by the operator regardless of whether the units primary power source is
[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070, 9.46.120, 9.46.0273, 9.46.310 and
34.05.313. 96-24-006 (Order 305), 230-30-025, filed 11/21/96,
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.
Reviser's note: The typographical errors in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.