WSR 06-22-052



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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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


Chapter 230-18 WAC


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.


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.


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.


Washington State Code Reviser's Office