Online submission of Ohio bingo license applications helped speed up the license renewal process for the hundreds of organizations that rely on bingo to raise funds.
The new requirement that groups apply online allowed for quicker review and processing of the information reported, said Pete Thomas, chief of the Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section. It also helped applicants quickly identify what items might have been missing from their submissions.
“Our partners at the Ohio Lottery did an outstanding job working through all of the year-end applications,” Thomas said. “Unlike in previous years, we did not issue temporary licenses. By the end of January, 1,669 licenses had been issued for the current bingo year, and that is outstanding.”
Thomas said it is important for organizations’ representatives to remember the need to be responsive when staff from the Ohio Lottery or the Charitable Law Section request information or documents.
The General Assembly made major changes last year to the bingo statutes and greatly broadened the list of organizations eligible to use bingo as a fundraising tool. Lawmakers also lifted the cap on the number of establishments in a charity’s county that can sell instant tickets on behalf of the charity.
Groups thinking about taking advantage of these new provisions should consider attending a Bingo School to better understand the obligations of holding a bingo license. Bingo School trainings are provided throughout the state and review all of the recordkeeping and other requirements surrounding bingo. Advance registration for Bingo School is required and can be completed online. Visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/Charities
and click on “Bingo Services.”