Gambling Control Board
Suite 300 South
1711 West County Road B
Roseville, MN 55113
Welcome to the Minnesota Gambling Control Board
The Minnesota Gambling Control Board regulates the lawful (charitable) gambling industry to ensure the
integrity of operations and provide for the lawful use of net profits. Lawful gambling is conducted only by registered nonprofit organizations. The five forms of lawful gambling are bingo, paddlewheels, pull-tabs, raffles, and tipboards.
For Exempt/Excluded activity information, click here
May 28, 2020
June 1 Restart - Frequently asked questions: Q&A
April/May/June Gaming News is now available.
Executive Order to Assist Veterans and Fraternal Organizations: Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-63 (see page 9, paragraph G) on May 27, 2020, allowing veterans or fraternal organizations to lend gambling funds to their general account to pay for expenses necessary to reopen such organizations’ permitted premises.
What does this executive order mean?
This executive order is a special allowance for veterans and fraternal organizations to make a loan from the organization’s gambling account to its general account to get their posts/clubs up and running. Prior authorization from the Gambling Control Board must be received first.
How does your post/club get prior authorization?
To get prior authorization fill out form LG272, Request for Lawful Gambling Account Loan to General Account, and submit it to the Gambling Control Board. Once the form is reviewed and approved, you will receive authorization to make the loan from your gambling account to the general account.
Are there any restrictions?
• The loan proceeds may not be used as collateral for any other loan.
• The loan proceeds may not be used for gambling-related expenses.
• The loan must be repaid to the gambling account in full within one year or suspend its gambling operation.
• If the organization terminates lawful gambling and the loan has not been repaid, the loan repayment will be included in the terms of the license termination plan.
Access form LG272, Request for Lawful Gambling Account Loan to General Account, here.
May 21, 2020
Guidance for Restarting Lawful Gambling on June 1
In conjunction with Governor Walz's May 20, 2020, announcement, lawful gambling may be conducted outdoors at permitted premises beginning June 1, 2020. These lawful gambling activities must be conducted in compliance with all applicable executive orders and Centers for Disease Control guidance. All lawful gambling statutes and rules remain in effect and compliance will be enforced.
Outdoor Sales Conduct
Gambling Equipment - Ordering and Delivery
We urge your organization to be patient and not restart any gambling activities before they are allowed. Any failure to comply with those requirements prior to the lifting of the executive orders will lead to the prosecution of all violations via applicable adverse administrative and criminal actions.
May 20, 2020
June 2020 Gambling Manager Seminar: A June 2020 Gambling Manager Seminar will be offered by the Gambling Control Board. Registration is required, and interested persons should contact their county’s Licensing Specialist.
The seminar will consist of a series of required electronic classes, a few optional review sessions scheduled at specific dates and times, and an online test that will serve as one of the requirements for individuals seeking to gain a gambling manager’s license for their organization. (The test is only required for those seeking a gambling manager’s license; however, the test may be taken by anyone—CEOs, sellers, law enforcement, etc.)
Individuals should plan on the electronic classes taking a minimum of 10 hours to complete.
Dates (* indicates dates subject to change):
To register, contact the Licensing Specialist assigned to your county.
May 18, 2020
It was reported this morning that our Covid relief bill passed. However, we’ve just confirmed with the House that even though the Senate passed the bill and the House adopted the Senate language, the House did not actually pass the bill. This means none of the provisions in S.F 512/H.F. 356 passed. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
May 14, 2020
Yesterday Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-56 extending the COVID-19 peacetime emergency an additional 30 days. This ensures that executive orders already in place remain in effect and that we continue to have the flexibility to respond quickly to COVID-19 needs. In that same order, the plan is for bars and restaurants to be allowed to reopen starting June 1.
Conforming with that order, even if all other requirements to restart the conduct lawful gambling are in place, any lawful gambling activity conducted at permitted bars or restaurants that violates Executive Order 20-56 will also violate Minnesota Statutes, Section 349.155, subdivision 4, paragraph (a)(8), and may result in a denial, suspension, revocation, refusal to renew a license or premises permit, or censure.
As licensed lawful gambling organizations, if you feel pressure or inappropriate influence from a lessor to violate any statute, rule, or executive order, please contact your assigned Gambling Control Board Specialist.
May 12, 2020
May 8, 2020
Checklist - Restarting Lawful Gambling Post COVID-19 Restrictions: When the executive order closing bars and restaurants is lifted, please use the following link to access a 3-page checklist of general lawful gambling compliance reminders along with reminders for restarting your organization’s lawful gambling operation. This checklist does NOT affect your ongoing responsibility to comply with all applicable statutory, regulatory, rule and executive order requirements. Please contact your Compliance Specialist with any questions or concerns regarding your plan to restart your lawful gambling operations. The Board looks forward to continuing our work with you to ensure the integrity of lawful gambling.
May 6, 2020
New Guidance on Paycheck Protections Program (PPP) Loans: If your organization is a recipient of a federal PPP loan, the funds disbursed to your organization from that loan should not be deposited into your gambling account. Deposit the money into a non-gambling account. Your lender will provide guidance on how to track the funds and may even suggest setting up a separate general (non-gambling) bank account just for this purpose. The amounts expended from PPP funds will not be reported on the monthly lawful gambling reports (GCBreports) at this time. For example, payments for qualifying gambling wages will be made directly from PPP funds to the employee. We anticipate that the most PPP loans will ultimately be forgiven and the organization will not be required to repay the funds they’ve expended.
What if our PPP loan isn’t forgiven?
Organizations are responsible for consulting with their lender to maintain compliance with PPP requirements. If your organization’s PPP loan is not forgiven due to non-compliance with the guidelines, and you can document that PPP funds were used for qualifying gambling-related expenditures, you may apply to the Gambling Control Board for permission to use gambling funds to repay the federal government for the PPP loan expenditures that met a definition of allowable expense. In the month in which you were informed that your loan won’t be forgiven, you’d report the expenditures as allowable expenses and add the loan amount to form LG100F, line 15.
What if we’ve received our PPP loan and already paid qualifying expenses out of our gambling account?
If your organization has already made qualifying payments from your gambling account that were later reimbursed by the federal government to your general account, your organization must reimburse its gambling account for the amount expended. Report the reimbursement as a negative expense in the month that the reimbursement deposit is made. Future qualifying expense paid with PPP funds will then be paid directly out of the non-gambling account to the employee or vendor.
What if we’ve already reimbursed our gambling account for qualifying PPP expenses? Do we need to do anything else?
No. If you still have PPP funds left in your general account at this time, begin paying qualifying gambling-related expenses from that general account until the loan amount has been expended.
Bingo, paddlewheels, pull-tabs, raffles, and tipboards may be conducted only by registered nonprofit organizations.
There are four types of nonprofit organizations that are eligible to conduct lawful gambling: fraternal, religious, veteran, and other nonprofit.
You must provide proof of nonprofit status by ONE of the following:
Applying for a license or permit?
To conduct lawful gambling in Minnesota, your organization must apply for and receive either an organization license, exempt permit, or excluded permit.
Exempt or Excluded permit:
Applying for a license or permit?
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