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Glossary of Charitable Gaming Terms

B Beano - See Bingo.

Bingo - A game played with bingo cards in which the players cover squares when objects similarly numbered and lettered are randomly drawn to complete lines or other patterns. Synonym: Beano. Here’s more information.

Bingo Card - A flat card made of cardboard or non-reusable paper which contains 25 squares arranged in five vertical and five horizontal rows. The letters B, I, N, G, O are pre-printed above the five vertical columns, with one letter appearing above each column. The center space is marked "free." The printed numbers on the card correspond to the following arrangement: 1 to 15 in the B column; 16 to 30 in the I column; 31 to 45 in the N column; 46 to 60 in the G column and 61 to 75 in the O column. Here's a sample.

Breakopen - A multi-ply card, made completely from paper or paper products, with perforated breakopen tab or tabs. The game play area of the card is covered to conceal a number(s), letter(s) and/or symbol(s); some of which have been designated in advance as prize winners. Look at an example.


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C Casino Night - An event held for a specific period of time (generally beginning in the afternoon and ending by midnight) during which a qualified organization is entitled to hold casino-style gaming events. Games conducted include: pulltabs, bingo, roulette, blackjack, poker, craps, gin rummy, five card stud poker, and merchandise wheels. Synonym: Vegas Night.

Charitable Games Provider - An individual or entity holding a license to provide the premises where charity gaming is conducted.

Charitable Organization - Any religious, benevolent, educational, fraternal, veterans, service, non-profit medical, volunteer rescue, volunteer fire, senior citizen or youth athletic organization which is exempt from the payment of federal income tax under 26 U.S.C. section 501(a) and listed in section 501(c)(3), (4), (8), (10), or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code. Synonym: Qualified Organization. Such organizations may be permitted licenses to conduct charity games. For further information about charitable organization requirements and regulations within a specific locality, please contact the appropriate local authorities.

Charity Game Equipment - Includes bingo cards, devices for selecting bingo numbers, charity game tickets and charity game ticket dispensing devices.

Charity Gaming - The conduct by a qualified organization of bingo, raffles and charity game tickets.

Charity Game Ticket - Breakopen, Pulltab, Lucky Seven, instant bingo, pickle card, seal card, coin board, Fast Break®, jar ticket and tipboard.

Coin Board - A game board containing legal tender or commemorative coins played in conjunction with pulltabs. Some pulltab tickets are designated in advance as winners of coins on the board and prizes concealed beneath the coins. Take a look at an example.

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D Dispensing Device - A mechanical or electro-mechanical device with one or more stacking columns that dispenses a charity game ticket after the player inserts the appropriate amount of coin or currency.

Distributor - Any person who purchases or obtains charity gaming equipment and sells, offers to sell, or otherwise provides charity gaming equipment to a charitable organization. Synonym: Supplier

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F Fast Break® - A small, multi-ply breakopen ticket with a single perforated tab. Here's a sample.

Flare Card - The small poster enclosed with each set of charity game tickets which illustrates the pre-determined winning symbol(s), letter(s) or number(s), their associated prize amounts and the quantity of each contained in the set. The flare card also specifies the game name, cost per ticket to players, the manufacturer’s form number and set serial number.

Form Number - A manufacturer -designated number identifying a specific game.

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Game Family - The sum of all douglasp_games of the same ticket type and same name.

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I Instant Bingo - A breakopen ticket which contains only the letters B, I, N, G, O; bingo card faces; bingo numbers; and no other symbols. Winning tickets may incorporate letters spelling the word B-I-N-G-O, or contain a complete, pre-designated bingo pattern, i.e., vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line. Take a look at a sample.

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J Jar Ticket - A single ply folded and banded paper ticket, featuring symbols, letters or numerals, sometimes sold to the player in bundles or mounted on a board. Synonyms: Jars and Tips. See a sample.
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M Manufacturer - An entity which assembles from raw materials, supplies, or subparts a completed piece of charity game equipment and which sells the charity game equipment to the end user either directly or through a distributor.

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Payout1 - The side of a breakopen ticket which may display the game name, form number, graphics, winning symbols, letters or numerals, prize amounts, number of winners at each level, and price per card. This side of the ticket is also referred to as the "Face". See a sample.

Payout2 - The value assigned to individual winning combinations of symbols and/or the collective value of all prizes to be awarded in a single game.

Pickle Card - Refers to a pulltab and is derived from the fact that in certain areas, charitable gaming tickets were sold from pickle jars. They continue to be referred to as "pickles" in Nebraska.

Profit Slip - A sheet of paper included in each set of game tickets detailing the selling price per ticket to players, number of tickets, ideal gross receipts, payout/profit information, prize breakdown by denomination, and sometimes, game play instructions.

Progressive Game - A seal card -style game with a designated jackpot that, if not won, is carried forward and added to the jackpot of the subsequent sets of the game until won. Here's how a progressive game works.

Pulltab - Unless otherwise noted, pulltab refers to jar tickets and breakopen-style charity game tickets. Synonym: Charity Game Ticket. See an example.

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R Raffle - A game in which the prize or prizes are won by one or more persons who have purchased a raffle ticket. The winner(s) of the raffle is often determined by drawing a ticket stub from a receptacle holding ticket stubs corresponding to all tickets sold for the raffle. Other methods of randomly selecting winners may be used.

Register - The series of blank lines preceded by a numeral, letter, or symbol combination that appears on a coin board, seal card, or tipboard and is the place where players holding a ticket with the corresponding numeral, letter, or symbol combination sign their names.

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S Seal Card - A board or placard used with charity game tickets which contains a seal or seals, which when removed or opened, reveal pre-designated winning numbers, letters, symbols or monetary denominations. The seal card also may contain a register and serve as the game’s flare card. See also Coin Board, Register, and Tipboard. Take a look at an example.

Serial Number - The minimum five-character number printed by a manufacturer on each set of charity game tickets. Each ticket in a set contains the same serial number.

Set - A selling unit of charity game tickets.

Symbol - An image such as a shape, an object or a character, usually produced in color.

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T Tipboard - Similar to a seal Card in appearance and rules of play, but to which folded banded paper tickets are attached. See also Coin Board, Register, and Seal Card.

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