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posted Jun 12, 2010, 1:20 PM by Robin Weirauch

Why is the game before the coverall sometimes reduced?

posted Mar 7, 2009, 4:24 PM by Robin Weirauch

State law limits our total bingo payout for the night to $3500.  When the coverall is $1000, we have to be keep track of how many multiple winner games were rounded up which would cause us to exceed the $3500 for the night.  (For example a $100 game with three winners would pay each winner $34, and the total payout would be $102).  The game just before the coverall would have to be reduced by $2.  When the coverall is only $500 we do not have to worry about the rounded up games pushing us over the $3500 payout limit.  

What can I spend my "bingo bucks" on?

posted Mar 5, 2009, 4:22 PM by Robin Weirauch   [ updated Mar 11, 2015, 1:32 PM by lorrie@henryhumane.org ]

The HCHS bingo bucks are good at Monday night bingo only and can be spent on bingo packets, jackpot strips, extra coveralls, daubers, and other bingo supplies.  They cannot be used for food (for accounting reasons) or instant tickets (for legal reasons).  We give away bingo bucks as door prizes and "welcome gifts" for new players.  Enjoy!

Why isn't the Coverall $1000 every week?

posted Mar 5, 2009, 4:12 PM by Robin Weirauch   [ updated Mar 5, 2009, 4:28 PM ]

The amount we pay out for each night is determined by the size of the crowd so that we make sure we take in enough money from paper sales to cover the total bingo payouts.  If we have fewer than 160 players, the majority of the games pay out $25 less than when the headcount is above 160.  To make sure we don't lose money on bingo payouts, our house rule is that we only pay a $1000 coverall when the headcount is at least 175. 

What are the "carryover slips" for tickets and why should I use them?

posted Mar 5, 2009, 3:41 PM by Robin Weirauch

Sometimes a box of tickets (such as Fort Knox) don't sell out before the end of the night, and some people are holding tickets that might prove to be winners when the game is sold out and the seal is opened to determine winners.   If a player holding a potential winner does not come to play the net week when the ticket does sell out, we would be unable to continue on to the next box of that game because we wouldn't know if the jackpot had been won or not.   When you fill out  a carryover slip, you ensure your chance to win that game when it sells out the next week, whether you are present or not.   So you need to fill in your name, phone number, the name of the ticket (e.g., Fort Knox), the serial number on the side of the ticket (small black numbers along the side usually) and the ticket number that makes you a potential winner (usually a number ending in 13 that appears in one of the ticket windows).  You need to sign the slip, and sometimes you need to pick a winning number (depending on the game) that will be opened up on your behalf to determine if you are a jackpot winner.  Still confused?  Just ask any of the volunteers - we'll help you!!  :) 

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