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We are currently unavailable to answer bingo questions by phone due to COVID-19. We are still responding to emails sent to  CharitableBingo@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

The Ohio Attorney General's Charitable Law Section has created a new website to better assist Ohioans; the new homepage can be found at https://Charitable.OhioAGO.gov. As we transition to the new website, some older links may no longer be available. We appreciate your patience as we move forward to help charities thrive and promote safe giving.


Bingo is a licensed activity that many charitable organizations use to raise funds for their causes. The Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section regulates bingo throughout the state and licenses nonprofit organizations eligible to use bingo as a fundraising mechanism. It also licenses bingo manufacturers and distributors. Bingo requirements are outlined in Ohio Revised Code Section 2915 and sections of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Charities

In Ohio there are three types of bingo licenses:

  • Type I: Traditional bingo (numbered balls in a hopper corresponding to bingo sheets) 
  • Type II: Instant bingo tickets sold in conjunction with a traditional bingo session
  • Type III: Instant bingo tickets sold apart from a traditional bingo session  

Charities may contract with retail establishments, such as convenience stores, bars, and restaurants, to sell instant bingo tickets. This is permitted with the appropriate license from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. A list of organizations currently licensed to conduct bingo can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.

Because bingo is generally an all-cash operation, fraud can be a risk. Proper recordkeeping is an important tool for avoiding theft. Organizations considering applying for a license and volunteers new to an organization that operates a bingo game should consider attending Bingo School trainings, which are held throughout the state. Registration for those trainings can be completed online.

Attorney General staff members are available to assist with any questions about the online licensing process. Staff members also routinely make visits to bingo licensees and may be available to provide assistance. For additional information about bingo services, direct questions to 800-282-0515.

We launched our new Charitable License Management Portal on September 3, 2019.  The new portal is easier for you to use, and enables us to process your applications more quickly. 

Follow the appropriate link below to apply for or amend a 2020 charitable bingo license in the Charitable License Management Portal.

Charitable License Management Portal Resources

The following webinars show how to perform various activities in the new Charitable License Management Portal

Other Bingo Resources

Manufacturers and Distributors

Bingo operators are required by Ohio law to purchase supplies only from bingo manufacturers and distributors licensed by the Ohio Attorney General's Office. 

As of June 11, 2020, all bingo manufacturer and distributor applications must be completed in the Charitable License Management Portal. The new portal is easier for you to use, and enables us to process your applications more quickly. 
 
Follow the appropriate link below to apply for or amend a bingo manufacturer and/or distributor license.

If you have any questions, please call the attorney general's office at 800-282-0515.