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bingo or lottery regulation in the State of Ohio before becoming aware that the gambling, whether games or schemes of chance, was illegal in Ohio, except.


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Conducting illegal bingo. (A) No person, except a charitable organization that has obtained a license pursuant to section of the Revised Code, shall.


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Illegally conducting bingo game - rules. (A) No charitable organization that conducts bingo shall fail to do any of the following: (1) Own all of the.


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Ohio Revised Code - [] Rules Except as otherwise provided in this division, illegal instant bingo conduct is a misdemeanor of the first.


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In Ohio, legal forms include charitable gaming such as instant bingo, bingo, raffles Some examples of illegal forms of gambling are slot machines, dog fights.


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Ohio Revised Code - [] Rules Except as otherwise provided in this division, illegal instant bingo conduct is a misdemeanor of the first.


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A No manufacturer shall sell, offer to sell, or otherwise provide or offer to provide bingo supplies for use in this state without having obtained a license from the attorney general under this section. A Sections A bingo game is conducted for the purpose of amusement only if it complies with all of the requirements specified in either division A 1 or 2 of this section:. Except as otherwise provided in this division, illegally operating as a manufacturer is a misdemeanor of the first degree. F This section does not prohibit a bingo licensed charitable organization or a game operator from giving any person an instant bingo ticket as a prize. If the attorney general refuses to grant or revokes or suspends a license, the attorney general shall notify the applicant in writing and specifically identify the reason for the refusal, revocation, or suspension in narrative form and, if applicable, by identifying the section of the Revised Code violated. A charitable organization shall not lease or sublease premises that it owns or leases to more than one other charitable organization per calendar week for the purpose of conducting bingo sessions on the premises. C No charitable organization that conducts a bingo game described in division S 1 of section Division A 6 of this section does not prohibit the sale of instant bingo tickets beginning at nine a. Except as otherwise provided in this division, the attorney general shall issue the amended license in accordance with division E of this section, and the organization shall surrender its original license to the attorney general. E 1 The attorney general may suspend or revoke a manufacturer license for any of the reasons for which the attorney general may refuse to issue a manufacturer license specified in division C of this section or if the manufacturer holding the license violates any provision of this chapter or any rule adopted by the attorney general under this chapter. If the offender previously has been convicted of a violation of division C of this section, illegal conduct of a raffle is a felony of the fifth degree. B The attorney general or any local law enforcement agency may investigate the conduct of a bingo game that purportedly is conducted for purposes of amusement only if there is reason to believe that the purported amusement bingo game does not comply with the requirements of either division A 1 or 2 of this section. D 1 No manufacturer shall sell, offer to sell, or otherwise provide or offer to provide bingo supplies to any person for use in this state except to a distributor that has been issued a license under section No manufacturer shall accept payment for the sale of bingo supplies other than by check. B A charitable organization may conduct instant bingo other than at a bingo session at not more than five separate locations. B The attorney general may issue a distributor license to any person that meets the requirements of this section. If the offender previously has been convicted of a violation of division A of this section or of such a rule, illegal instant bingo conduct is a felony of the fifth degree. The application shall describe the causes making it impractical for the organization to conduct bingo or instant bingo in conformity with its license and shall indicate the location, days of the week, and times on each of those days when it desires to conduct bingo or instant bingo. A No owner or lessor of a location shall assist a charitable instant bingo organization in the conduct of instant bingo other than at a bingo session at that location unless the owner or lessor has entered into a written contract, as described in division C of section B The location of the lessor or owner shall be designated as a location where the charitable instant bingo organization conducts instant bingo other than at a bingo session. D The attorney general shall send notice in writing to the prosecuting attorney and sheriff of the county in which the organization will conduct bingo, instant bingo at a bingo session, or instant bingo other than at a bingo session, as stated in its application for a license or amended license, and to any other law enforcement agency in that county that so requests, of all of the following:. B A chamber of commerce may conduct not more than one raffle per year to raise money for the chamber of commerce. E 1 Whoever violates division C or D of this section is guilty of illegal instant bingo conduct. This division does not prohibit a distributor from advising charitable organizations on the use and benefit of specific bingo supplies or prohibit a distributor from advising a customer on operational methods to improve bingo profitability. C 1 If a charitable instant bingo organization conducts instant bingo other than at a bingo session, the charitable instant bingo organization shall enter into a written contract with the owner or lessor of the location at which the instant bingo is conducted to allow the owner or lessor to assist in the conduct of instant bingo other than at a bingo session, identify each location where the instant bingo other than at a bingo session is being conducted, and identify the owner or lessor of each location. E The owner or lessor of a location that enters into a contract pursuant to division C of this section shall pay the full gross profit to the charitable instant bingo organization, in return for the deal of instant bingo tickets. If circumstances make it impractical for the charitable organization to conduct a bingo session at the premises, or on the day of the week or at the time, specified on its license or if a charitable organization wants to conduct bingo sessions on a day of the week or at a time other than the day or time specified on its license, the charitable organization may apply in writing to the attorney general for an amended license pursuant to division F of section A charitable organization may apply twice in each calendar year for an amended license to conduct bingo sessions on a day of the week or at a time other than the day or time specified on its license. C Whoever violates division A of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree. C The attorney general may refuse to issue a distributor license to any person to which any of the following applies, or to any person that has an officer, partner, or other person who has an ownership interest of ten per cent or more and to whom any of the following applies: 1 The person, officer, or partner has been convicted of a felony under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States. D 1 Except as otherwise provided in division D 3 of this section, no charitable organization shall provide to a bingo game operator, and no bingo game operator shall receive or accept, any commission, wage, salary, reward, tip, donation, gratuity, or other form of compensation, directly or indirectly, regardless of the source, for conducting bingo or providing other work or labor at the site of bingo during a bingo session. The license is valid for a period of one year, and the annual fee for the license is five thousand dollars. G Whoever violates division A 2 of this section is guilty of illegally conducting a bingo game, a felony of the fourth degree. B No person who has been convicted of a felony or a gambling offense in any jurisdiction shall be a bingo game operator. Except as otherwise provided in this division, illegal conduct of a raffle is a misdemeanor of the first degree. The attorney general may refuse to grant an amended license according to the terms of division B of this section. C No owner or lessor of a location that enters into a written contract as prescribed in division A of this section shall violate any provision of Chapter D No owner or lessor of a location that enters into a written contract as prescribed in division A of this section shall violate the terms of the contract. The attorney general, by rule adopted pursuant to section The terms of the contract shall be limited to the provisions in Chapter Except as otherwise provided by law, a charitable organization that conducts instant bingo shall distribute the net profit from the proceeds of the sale of instant bingo as follows:. D The attorney general shall not issue a distributor license to any person that is involved in the conduct of bingo on behalf of a charitable organization or that is a lessor of premises used for the conduct of bingo. B 1 The attorney general shall adopt rules to enforce sections The rules, except rules adopted pursuant to divisions A 2 g and G of this section, shall be adopted pursuant to Chapter The attorney general shall license charitable organizations to conduct bingo, instant bingo at a bingo session, or instant bingo other than at a bingo session in conformance with this chapter and with the licensing provisions of Chapter C The attorney general may grant licenses to charitable organizations that are branches, lodges, or chapters of national charitable organizations. Except as otherwise provided in this division, illegal instant bingo conduct is a misdemeanor of the first degree. C The attorney general may refuse to issue a manufacturer license to any person to which any of the following applies, or to any person that has an officer, partner, or other person who has an ownership interest of ten per cent or more and to whom any of the following applies: 1 The person, officer, or partner has been convicted of a felony under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States. E 1 No distributor shall sell, offer to sell, or otherwise provide or offer to provide bingo supplies to any person, or modify, convert, add to, or remove parts from bingo supplies to further their promotion or sale, for use in this state except to or for the use of a charitable organization that has been issued a license under section No distributor shall accept payment for the sale or other provision of bingo supplies other than by check. The rules may include a requirement that an electronic bingo aid be capable of being audited by the attorney general to verify the number of bingo cards or sheets played during each bingo session. As an option to granting or denying an initial license application, the attorney general may grant a temporary license and request additional time to conduct the investigation if the attorney general has cause to believe that additional time is necessary to complete the investigation and has notified the applicant in writing about the specific concerns raised during the investigation. C Except as provided in division A or B of this section, no person shall conduct a raffle drawing that is for profit or a raffle drawing that is not for profit. If the offender previously has been convicted of a violation of division A or E of this section, illegally operating as a distributor is a felony of the fifth degree. D Whoever violates division C of this section is guilty of illegal conduct of a raffle. D Whoever violates division A of this section or a rule adopted under division C of this section is guilty of illegal instant bingo conduct. D Except as provided in division G of this section, no charitable instant bingo organization shall conduct instant bingo other than at a bingo session at a location where the primary source of retail income from all commercial activity at that location is the sale of instant bingo tickets. A religious organization that is exempt from federal income taxation under subsection a and described in subsection c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, at not more than one location at which it conducts its charitable programs, may include donations from its members and guests as retail income. Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates division A 1 or 3 , B 1 , 2 , or 3 , C 1 to 12 , or D of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. No person shall receive any commission, wage, salary, reward, tip, donation, gratuity, or other form of compensation, directly or indirectly, for operating or assisting in the operation of any game of chance. If the offender previously has been convicted of a violation of division C or D of this section, illegal instant bingo conduct is a felony of the fifth degree. D Whoever violates division B of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. Whoever violates division C 12 of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, if the offender previously has been convicted of a violation of division C 12 of this section, a felony of the fourth degree. E A license issued by the attorney general shall set forth the information contained on the application of the charitable organization that the attorney general determines is relevant, including, but not limited to, the location at which the organization will conduct bingo, instant bingo at a bingo session, or instant bingo other than at a bingo session and the days of the week and the times on each of those days when bingo will be conducted. In no case shall more than two bingo sessions be conducted on any premises in any calendar week. F A charitable organization that has been issued a license pursuant to division B of this section but that cannot conduct bingo or instant bingo at the location, or on the day of the week or at the time, specified on the license due to circumstances that make it impractical to do so may apply in writing, together with an application fee of two hundred fifty dollars, to the attorney general, at least thirty days prior to a change in location, day of the week, or time, and request an amended license. G The attorney general, by rule adopted pursuant to section H The attorney general, by rule adopted pursuant to section I The attorney general may enter into a written contract with any other state agency to delegate to that state agency the powers prescribed to the attorney general under Chapter J The attorney general, by rule adopted pursuant to section A No distributor shall sell, offer to sell, or otherwise provide or offer to provide bingo supplies to another person, or modify, convert, add to, or remove parts from bingo supplies to further their promotion or sale, for use in this state without having obtained a license from the attorney general under this section. B The attorney general may issue a manufacturer license to any person that meets the requirements of this section. If the offender previously has been convicted of a violation of division A 1 or 3 , B 1 , 2 , or 3 , C 1 to 11 , or, D of this section, a violation of division A 1 or 3 , B 1 , 2 , or 3 , C , or D of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree. F A charitable instant bingo organization shall provide the attorney general with all of the following information:. Once an application is deemed complete, or beginning on the thirtieth day after the application is filed, if the attorney general failed to notify the applicant of any deficiencies, the attorney general shall have an additional sixty days to conduct an investigation and either grant or deny the application based on findings established and communicated in accordance with divisions B and E of this section. If the building in which bingo is conducted is owned by the charitable organization conducting bingo and the bingo conducted includes a form of bingo described in division S 1 of section B No charitable organization that conducts a bingo game described in division S 1 of section If the charitable organization leases from a person other than a charitable organization the premises on which it conducts bingo sessions, the lessor of the premises shall provide only the premises to the organization and shall not provide the organization with bingo game operators, security personnel, concessions or concession operators, bingo supplies, or any other type of service or equipment. If the amended license is granted, the organization may conduct bingo sessions at the premises, on the day of the week, and at the time specified on its amended license. B Whoever violates this section is guilty of conducting illegal bingo, a felony of the fourth degree. A local law enforcement agency may proceed by action in the proper court to enforce this section if the local law enforcement agency gives written notice to the attorney general when commencing the action.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Owner or lessor conducting instant bingo other than at bingo session at location where primary activity is instant bingo. The application for the license shall be on a form prescribed by the attorney general and be accompanied by the annual fee prescribed by this section. A person that is not a charitable organization shall not lease premises that it owns, leases, or otherwise is empowered to lease to more than one charitable organization per calendar week for conducting bingo sessions on the premises. C The attorney general may adopt rules in accordance with Chapter Before those rules are adopted, the attorney general shall reference the recommended standards for opacity, randomization, minimum information, winner protection, color, and cutting for instant bingo tickets or cards, seal cards, and punch boards established by the North American gaming regulators association. Subject to division D of section F The attorney general may suspend or revoke a distributor license for any of the reasons for which the attorney general may refuse to issue a distributor license specified in division C of this section or if the distributor holding the license violates any provision of this chapter or any rule adopted by the attorney general under this chapter. The owner or lessor may retain the money that the owner or lessor receives for selling the instant bingo tickets, provided, however, that after the deal has been sold, the owner or lessor shall pay to the charitable instant bingo organization the value of any unredeemed instant bingo prizes remaining in the deal of instant bingo tickets. G Whoever violates division A or E of this section is guilty of illegally operating as a distributor. Except as otherwise provided in this division, illegally operating as a distributor is a misdemeanor of the first degree. F Whoever violates division A or D of this section is guilty of illegally operating as a manufacturer. B A charitable instant bingo organization may conduct instant bingo other than at a bingo session at not more than five separate locations. A 1 Annually before the first day of January, a charitable organization that desires to conduct bingo, instant bingo at a bingo session, or instant bingo other than at a bingo session shall make out, upon a form to be furnished by the attorney general for that purpose, an application for a license to conduct bingo, instant bingo at a bingo session, or instant bingo other than at a bingo session and deliver that application to the attorney general together with a license fee as follows:. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}C This section does not prohibit conduct in connection with gambling expressly permitted by law. A No person, except a charitable organization that has obtained a license pursuant to section This division does not apply to a raffle that a charitable organization conducts or advertises. If the offender previously has been convicted of a violation of division A or D of this section, illegally operating as a manufacturer is a felony of the fifth degree.