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General Information for Promoters, Organizations, Manufacturers and Distributors

PROMOTER

A promoter under contract with a licensed non-profit organization to manage, operate, or conduct a game shall file a written application for a promoter's license in a form prescribed by the department, executed and notarized.

No promoter is permitted more than 5 licenses.

No license may be issued to an organization, promoter or individual that has not been domiciled in this State for at least three years immediately preceding the license application. In the case of the organization, the organization must also have been active in this State for at least three years.

A promoter shall file a renewal application each year at a cost of $1000. The promoter is required to notify the department, in writing, of any changes in the information supplied on the application within 30 days of the change.

No more than one non-profit organization may operate bingo in a building.

The promoter's license must not be transferred to another person, organization, entity or corporation.

The SCDOR shall charge and retain ten cents for each dollar of face value for each bingo card sold for AA, B, E and E licenses. The department shall charge and retain five cents for each dollar for face value for each bingo card sold to an F license. The department shall charge and retain four cents for each dollar of face value for each bingo card sold for a C license. Twenty-six percent of this revenue will be distributed to the sponsoring charities, with the remainder distributed in accordance with the statute for governmental purposes.

A person licensed as a Bingo manufacturer, distributor, organization, or promoter shall submit to a background investigation. The SCDOR has sole discretion to issue a license based on the background investigation.

The promoter and the non-profit organization are jointly and severally liable for all taxes, penalties, interest and fines.

A person who has been convicted within the last twenty years of violating a state or federal criminal statute relating to gaming or gambling, or who has been convicted of any other crime that has a sentence of two or more years, or where applicable, whose promoter's license has been revoked by the department is not permitted to manage or conduct a game or assist in any manner with the bingo operation.

Entrance Fees:

A holder of a Class AA license shall impose an entrance fee of $18
A holder of a Class B license shall impose an entrance fee of $5
A holder of a Class D or Class E license may impose an entrance fee of $5
A holder of a Class F license may impose an entrance fee of $3

ORGANIZATION

Before conducting a game of Bingo, a non-profit organization shall file with the SCDOR a written application in a form prescribed by the department, executed and notarized.

No non-profit organization may hold more than one Bingo license.

At least 50 percent of the gross proceeds of the sale of Bingo cards taken in by the house during a single session must be returned to the players in the form of prizes.

No more than one session, limited to twelve hours, may occur during the permitted fourteen-hour period of 12pm-2am. Regardless of the starting time within the permitted period, the session may not extend beyond 2:00am.

No license may be issued to an organization, promoter or individual that has not been domiciled in this State for at least three years immediately preceding the license application. In the case of the organization, the organization must also have been active in this State for at least two years.

The non-profit organization does not need to apply for renewal of the license as long as there are no changes in the operation or location of the game. Changes in information supplied on the original application must be forwarded to the department, in writing, within 30 days of the change. In the case of a change in the place and time, NOTICE MUST BE GIVEN 30 DAYS BEFORE THE CHANGE.

No more than one non-profit organization may operate bingo in a building.

A non-profit organization must be organized and operated for charitable, religious, or fraternal purposes and must be exempt from federal income taxes as wither a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(8), 501(c)(10), or 501(c)(19) organization. Non-profit organizations not meeting these criteria may not conduct Bingo in South Carolina.

The non-profit organization's license must not be transferred to another non-profit organization and is valid and continues in force so long as the non-profit organization to which it is issued continues to conduct the Bingo games at the location authorized by the license.

Bingo cards can not be sold or transferred among other bingo organizations, distributors or manufacturers.

The SCDOR shall charge and retain ten cents for each dollar of face value for each bingo card sold for AA, B, E and E licenses. The department shall charge and retain five cents for each dollar for face value for each bingo card sold to an F license. The department shall charge and retain four cents for each dollar of face value for each bingo card sold for a C license. Twenty-six percent of this revenue will be distributed to the sponsoring charities, with the remainder distributed in accordance with the statute for governmental purposes.

A person licensed as a Bingo manufacturer, distributor, organization, or promoter shall submit to a background investigation. The SCDOR has sole discretion to issue a license based on the background investigation.

The promoter and the non-profit organization are jointly and severally liable for all taxes, penalties, interest and fines.

A person who has been convicted within the last twenty years of violating a state or federal criminal statute relating to gaming or gambling, or who has been convicted of any other crime that has a sentence of two or more years, or where applicable, whose promoter's license has been revoked by the department is not permitted to manage or conduct a game or assist in any manner with the bingo operation.

Entrance Fees:

A holder of a Class AA license shall impose an entrance fee of $18
A holder of a Class B license shall impose an entrance fee of $5
A holder of a Class D or Class E license may impose an entrance fee of $5
A holder of a Class F license may impose an entrance fee of $3

MANUFACTURER AND DISTRIBUTOR

Bingo cards can not be sold or transferred among other bingo organizations, distributors or manufacturers.

Manufacturers and distributors of Bingo cards must be licensed. Manufacturer's license will be $5000 per year and the distributor's license will be $2000 per year.

A Bingo card manufacturer may not be licensed to operate a game as a bingo card distributor or as a promoter. A bingo card distributor may not be a manufacturer, a licensed non-profit organization, or promoter. A licensed non-profit organization or a promoter may not be a manufacturer or distributor.

The SCDOR shall charge and retain ten cents for each dollar of face value for each bingo card sold for AA, B, E and E licenses. The department shall charge and retain five cents for each dollar for face value for each bingo card sold to an F license. The department shall charge and retain four cents for each dollar of face value for each bingo card sold for a C license. Twenty-six percent of this revenue will be distributed to the sponsoring charities, with the remainder distributed in accordance with the statute for governmental purposes.



 
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