Date: February 5, 2014
Secretary of State’s Office, Blue Spruce Conference Room, 1700 Broadway,
Board members present: Donivon Glassburn, Dan
Gincig, Meredith Edwards, Vera Craven, Beau Williams, Rick Johnson
Secretary of State officials present: Mike Hardin, Greg
Lestikow, Shannon Bee, Carla Hoke, Lisa Marty
The meeting was called to order at 10:05 am.
The pledge of allegiance was conducted.
As there was a quorum, the minutes for the September, November
and December meetings were approved on a motion from Dan Gincig, seconded by
Secretary of State reports
Greg Lestikow pointed out that the 2013 numbers were not
complete as the 4th quarter reports were due January 31, 2014.
The financial report indicates that the number of 2013
licensees is up by 40 from 2012 and is closer to the number of licensees in
The Secretary of State’s office will publish a list of
groups and their revenue numbers after the 2013 reports have been input. At the request of those present the list will
include the number of sessions and the number of players. Licensees and halls can use this information to
determine what successful groups are doing (double actions, consolation,
Progressive raffles became legal on January 1, 2014. Board members and the audience explained
their procedures and everyone present was provided with a progressive raffle fact
sheet which is also available on the Secretary of State’s website.
Rule 8.4.6(a) indicates that not more than 70% of the
revenue can go to the jackpot and the remainder to the group.
- Consolation prizes
- How many raffles can actually take place at a
- If the winner must be present to win
The Secretary of State’s office will research some of the
progressive raffle issues addressed and set up a conversation with veteran’s
groups to determine if current rules conflict with their methods of operating
members-only progressive raffles.
The Secretary of State’s office is working with the Narrator
Group, a consulting group, to provide best practices and marketing ideas to
help licensees to be more successful.
This is an extension of the Runge study sponsored by the Secretary of
State’s office in 2013. Once the project
is complete it will be available free of charge to all stakeholders. The anticipated completion time is mid-2014.
It appears from an overview that the best practices will be
broad including guides for halls, licensees and volunteers. The information will not be step-by-step but
will be a guide to help those involved in bingo.
Reporting and licensing
As a reminder the 4th quarter reports were due in
our office by January 31, 2014. The fine
notices will go out about February 18th.
Supplier and Manufacturer licenses expire March 31.
Bingo/Raffle applications continue to come in at a steady
Online games manager training
Between 9/1/2011 and 8/31/2012, 891 games managers were
certified through classroom training or mail in exams. During 9/1/2012 and 8/31/2013, 1,007 games
managers were certified (369 took a the class or mailed in the test, while 631 completed the online
A coupon fact sheet was provided to those in attendance. This fact sheet was provided for everyone to
review and provide feedback. The final
draft will be available in the next few weeks.
HB14-1265 was introduced on February 4. The bill, sponsored by Representative Moreno,
is identical to the legislation provided to the Board in December, with only
minor grammar changes. Everyone was
encouraged to testify as the bill passes through both chambers.
Dan Gincig asked about a situation faced by a licensee in
Arvada who was advised by Investigator Herrera that they had to sell paper and
electronics together. The Secretary of
State’s office will look into the situation and talk to the Arvada group.
One board member asked if the Secretary of State would look
into prohibiting marijuana as a prize in games of chance. The office will
research this issue.
Another board members asked if progressive winners who
receive less than $500 can be paid in cash?
The answer is yes.
Doni Glassburn is still looking for a supplier
representative for the board.
Tipping volunteers was mentioned but as previously addressed
is considered remuneration. A player can
tip the group who can then disburse the tips at their discretion including
putting the money into the general fund.
Progressive bingo limits exceeding $15,000 were
discussed. The Secretary of State’s
office was asked many years ago to put a limit on the amount to alleviate
problems and encourage playing. Many
groups find the small progressive bingo payouts to be more successful.
When asked if it is ok to have someone else play bingo cards
while a player is away for an emergency, the Secretary of State’s office stated
the hall or volunteers cannot help someone who has an emergency, but another
player can help.
Next meeting will be 4/16/2014.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:26 AM.
Secretary of State action items:
- Answer question: do licensees need to make
separate deposits for progressive raffle proceeds?
- Answer question: how should licensees account
for consolation prizes in progressive raffles? This is an issue when there are
various consolation prize options, especially.
- Answer question: can licensees run both a
regular raffle and a progressive raffle at a bingo occasion?
- Answer question: can we make exception to “no
electronics-only” requirement for low-vision players?
- Answer question: can person other than purchaser
play bingo cards in case of an emergency? Especially in the case of electronic
- Consult with VFWs (and others, if appropriate)
to revise language regarding members-only progressive raffles. The central
question is whether the ticket purchaser should be required to be present in
order to win.
- Compile revenue data for publication on website,
including per-player and per-occasion figures
- Look into banning marijuana as prize.
- Update Board list on website
HB14-1265 to Board.