WSR 00-23-076



[ Order 394 -- Filed November 17, 2000, 3:27 p.m. , effective January 1, 2001 ]

Date of Adoption: November 17, 2000.

Purpose: This rule amendment clarifies that a bingo operator's house rules cannot be structured in a way that would make a valid bingo invalid. Prizes must be paid to all valid bingo winners.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 230-20-010.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070 and 9.46.120.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 00-20-082 on October 13, 2000 [October 3, 2000], with a publication of October 18, 2000.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: January 1, 2001.

November 17, 2000

Susan Arland

Rules Coordinator


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 240, filed 6/17/93, effective 7/18/93)

WAC 230-20-010
Disclosure of prizes and rules.

All licensees shall inform all persons contemplating participation in bingo or amusement games of the cost to play, rules of play, and prizes available. Notification must be prior to requiring the player to make any payment for the opportunity to take part in the activity.

(1) Information that must be disclosed:

(a) All costs to participate;

(b) A complete list and description of all prizes available, and including any extra cost or conditions of ownership related to prizes;

(c) The licensee's cost or the retail value for all noncash prizes that exceed five hundred dollars. If the retail value is disclosed, it must be identified as such by including an explanation such as "retail value" or "MSRP."

(d) All rules by which such prizes may be won (house rules). If a bingo is determined to be valid, the operator must pay a prize which is equal to the prize set forth for that game. Disputes will be resolved in favor of the player if the bingo is valid;

(e) Any contingencies that may change the cost to play or prizes available; and

(f) Whether duplicate cards are in play.

(2) Disclosure shall be made by conspicuously posting or displaying signs upon the premises where the activity is operated. Disclosure may be made by signs or by printed flyers or handouts available at the premises;

(3) Any broadcast or published advertisements or other printed information distributed to the public which pertains to game schedules, prizes to be awarded at bingo games, or cost related to play must disclose if there are any contingencies which may result in changes to these terms: Provided, That advertised bingo prizes and game formats may be changed in case of inclement weather, natural disaster, or other unforeseen emergencies, if players are so informed prior to purchasing cards;

(4) In those cases where persons are able to pay for the opportunity to participate in the activity after the winner of any one of the prizes offered has been determined, the licensee shall remove each prize won from any display of prizes, and from any list of prizes which have been posted or displayed upon the premises where the activity is conducted, immediately upon the determination of the winner of that particular prize: Provided, That during a bingo session, players may be informed by use of the public address system and prominent display of the game name or number.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 93-13-062 (Order 240), 230-20-010, filed 6/17/93, effective 7/18/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (11) and (14). 88-17-050 (Order 182), 230-20-010, filed 8/16/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.020 (1) and (10) and 9.46.070 (3), (11) and (14). 86-09-036 (Order 157), 230-20-010, filed 4/11/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (3), (8) and (11). 85-09-040 (Order 149), 230-20-010, filed 4/15/85. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (8) and (11). 83-11-034 (Order 133), 230-20-010, filed 5/16/83; Order 42, 230-20-010, filed 9/18/75; Order 23, 230-20-010, filed 9/23/74; Order 5, 230-20-010, filed 12/19/73, 1:25 p.m.]

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