A Louisville, Kentucky man was arrested when he “inappropriately disrupted a Bingo game,” WHAS news has reported. According to police, the man which is highly inappropriate in most, maybe in all, Bingo halls across America. He was charged with alcohol intoxication and indecent exposure, but the report does not confirm whether or not he did indeed have all four corners covered, the Bingo pattern being played at the time.
Organizations Join Forces
Hundreds of Virginia nonprofit organizations hope to reverse a steady decline in Bingo revenue by joining forces for a weekly game offering a top prize of up to $25,000. Legislation amending the state’s charitable gaming law to allow “network Bingo” took effect in January. Players are able to buy a card for the game at any participating Bingo hall, where they can watch a video stream as the numbers are pulled at a central location. The idea is to expand the pool of players to allow bigger jackpots, which will entice even more people to play and boost revenue. A representative of the Virginia Charitable Bingo Association said that about 400 organizations in the state are licensed to conduct charitable Bingo games offering jackpots that cannot exceed $1,000. In the past 15 years, he said, those organizations have seen revenue decline from about $500 million to about $265 million a year. “We’re trying to stem the tide,” the spokesman said. “We think this will generate new interest.”
Bingo Brought Back
The Catawba Indian Nation has signed a lease with a shopping center owner to bring high-stakes Bingo back to Rock Hill, South Carolina. The recently signed lease guarantees the tribe 45,400 square-feet of space in the shopping center. The Bingo hall will not serve alcohol, tribe leaders have said. The Catawba Indian Nation is South Carolina’s only federally recognized tribe. Under the tribe’s 1993 settlement agreement with the state, the Catawbas have a right to operate up to two Bingo halls in South Carolina, including one in York County. The state Department of Revenue has given the Catawbas a special license to operate high-stakes Bingo with prizes capped at $100,000. The Bingo hall will create from 30-50 new jobs.
Church Robbery Investigation
Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Bingo hall in Chula Vista, California. According to the police reports, at around 9:45 p.m., officers responded to reports of a man with a gun at the Church of the Most Precious Blood. According to Chula Vista police, the suspect came into the church hall, lifted his shirt and showed a gun. Witnesses told police he was in and out within 10 seconds. Police say he stole between $4,000 and $5,000. No one was hurt. Officers are now searching the area for the suspect, who was seen leaving the church on foot. He is described as a man in his 30s, 5-foot-11 and wearing black clothing and a Chargers beanie.
By Jeffrey Charboneau
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