We at Gray Mockingbird Inc
follow the Florida state laws when facilitating our fundraiser "Gray Mockingbird
authorized; conditions for conduct; permitted uses of proceeds; limitations.
(1) As used in this
(a) “Bingo game” means and refers to the
activity, commonly known as “bingo,” in which participants pay a sum of money for the use of one or more bingo
cards. When the game commences, numbers are drawn by chance, one by one, and announced. The players cover or
mark those numbers on the bingo cards which they have purchased until a player receives a given order of numbers
in sequence that has been preannounced for that particular game. This player calls out “bingo” and is declared
the winner of a predetermined prize. More than one game may be played upon a bingo card, and numbers called for
one game may be used for a succeeding game or games.
(b) “Bingo card” means and refers to the flat
piece of paper or thin pasteboard employed by players engaged in the game of bingo. The bingo card shall have
not fewer than 24 playing numbers printed on it. These playing numbers shall range from 1 through 75, inclusive.
More than one set of bingo numbers may be printed on any single piece of paper.
(c) “Charitable, nonprofit, or veterans’
organization” means an organization which has qualified for exemption from federal income tax as an exempt
organization under the provisions of s. 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or s. 528 of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1986, as amended; which is engaged in charitable, civic, community, benevolent, religious, or
scholastic works or other similar activities; and which has been in existence and active for a period of 3 years
(d) “Deal” means a separate set or package of
not more than 4,000 instant bingo tickets in which the predetermined minimum prize payout is at least 65 percent
of the total receipts from the sale of the entire deal.
(e) “Flare” means the board or placard that
accompanies each deal of instant bingo tickets and that has printed on or affixed to it the following
1. The game name.
2. The manufacturer’s name or distinctive
3. The form number.
4. The ticket count.
5. The prize structure, including the number of
symbols or number combinations for winning instant bingo tickets by denomination, with their respective winning
symbols or number combinations.
6. The cost per play.
7. The game serial
(f) “Instant bingo” means a form of bingo that
is played at the same location as bingo, using tickets by which a player wins a prize by opening and removing a
cover from the ticket to reveal a set of numbers, letters, objects, or patterns, some of which have been
designated in advance as prize winners.
(g) “Objects” means a set of 75 balls or other
precision shapes that are imprinted with letters and numbers in such a way that numbers 1 through 15 are marked
with the letter “B,” numbers 16 through 30 are marked with the letter “I,” numbers 31 through 45 are marked with
the letter “N,” numbers 46 through 60 are marked with the letter “G,” and numbers 61 through 75 are marked with
the letter “O.”
(h) “Rack” means the container in which the
objects are placed after being drawn and announced.
(i) “Receptacle” means the container from which
the objects are drawn or ejected.
(j) “Session” means a designated set of games
played in a day or part of a day.
(2)(a) None of the provisions of this chapter
shall be construed to prohibit or prevent charitable, nonprofit, or veterans’ organizations engaged in
charitable, civic, community, benevolent, religious, or scholastic works or other similar endeavors, which
organizations have been in existence and active for a period of 3 years or more, from conducting bingo games or
instant bingo, provided the entire proceeds derived from the conduct of such games, less actual business
expenses for articles designed for and essential to the operation, conduct, and playing of bingo or instant
bingo, are donated by such organizations to the endeavors mentioned above. In no case may the net proceeds from
the conduct of such games be used for any other purpose whatsoever. The proceeds derived from the conduct of
bingo games or instant bingo shall not be considered solicitation of public donations.
(b) It is the express intent of the Legislature
that no charitable, nonprofit, or veterans’ organization serve as a sponsor of a bingo game or instant bingo
conducted by another, but such organization may only be directly involved in the conduct of such a game as
provided in this act.
(3) If an organization is not engaged in efforts
of the type set out above, its right to conduct bingo games hereunder is conditioned upon the return of all the
proceeds from such games to the players in the form of prizes. If at the conclusion of play on any day during
which a bingo game is allowed to be played under this section there remain proceeds which have not been paid out
as prizes, the organization conducting the game shall at the next scheduled day of play conduct bingo games
without any charge to the players and shall continue to do so until the proceeds carried over from the previous
days played have been exhausted. This provision in no way extends the limitation on the number of prize or
jackpot games allowed in one day as provided for in subsection (5).
(4) The right of a condominium association, a
cooperative association, a homeowners’ association as defined in s. 720.301, a mobile home owners’ association,
a group of residents of a mobile home park as defined in chapter 723, or a group of residents of a mobile home
park or recreational vehicle park as defined in chapter 513 to conduct bingo is conditioned upon the return of
the net proceeds from such games to players in the form of prizes after having deducted the actual business
expenses for such games for articles designed for and essential to the operation, conduct, and playing of bingo.
Any net proceeds remaining after paying prizes may be donated by the association to a charitable, nonprofit, or
veterans’ organization which is exempt from federal income tax under the provisions of s. 501(c) of the Internal
Revenue Code to be used in such recipient organization’s charitable, civic, community, benevolent, religious, or
scholastic works or similar activities or, in the alternative, such remaining proceeds shall be used as
specified in subsection (3).
(5) Except for instant bingo prizes, which are
limited to the amounts displayed on the ticket or on the game flare, a jackpot shall not exceed the value of
$250 in actual money or its equivalent, and there shall be no more than three jackpots in any one session of
(6) Except for instant bingo, which is not
limited by this subsection, the number of days per week during which organizations authorized under this section
may conduct bingo shall not exceed two.
(7) Except for instant bingo prizes, which are
limited to the amounts displayed on the ticket or on the game flare, there shall be no more than three jackpots
on any one day of play. All other game prizes shall not exceed $50.
(8) Each person involved in the conduct of any
bingo game or instant bingo must be a resident of the community where the organization is located and a bona
fide member of the organization sponsoring such game and may not be compensated in any way for operation of such
game. When bingo games or instant bingo is conducted by a charitable, nonprofit, or veterans’ organization, the
organization conducting the games must designate up to three members of that organization to be in charge of the
games, one of whom shall be present during the entire session at which the games are conducted. The organization
conducting the games is responsible for posting a notice, which notice states the name of the organization and
the designated member or members, in a conspicuous place on the premises at which the session is held or instant
bingo is played. A caller in a bingo game may not be a participant in that bingo game.
(9) Every charitable, nonprofit, or veterans’
organization involved in the conduct of a bingo game or instant bingo must be located in the county, or within a
15-mile radius of, where the bingo game or instant bingo is located.
(10)(a) No one under 18 years of age shall be
allowed to play any bingo game or instant bingo or be involved in the conduct of a bingo game or instant bingo
in any way.
(b) Any organization conducting bingo open to
the public may refuse entry to any person who is objectionable or undesirable to the sponsoring organization,
but such refusal of entry shall not be on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin,
marital status, or physical handicap.
(11) Bingo games or instant bingo may be held
only on the following premises:
(a) Property owned by the charitable, nonprofit,
or veterans’ organization.
(b) Property owned by the charitable, nonprofit,
or veterans’ organization that will benefit by the proceeds.
(c) Property leased for a period of not less
than 1 year by a charitable, nonprofit, or veterans’ organization, providing the lease or rental agreement does
not provide for the payment of a percentage of the proceeds generated at such premises to the lessor or any
other party and providing the rental rate for such premises does not exceed the rental rates charged for similar
premises in the same locale.
(d) Property owned by a municipality or a county
when the governing authority has, by appropriate ordinance or resolution, specifically authorized the use of
such property for the conduct of such games.
(e) With respect to bingo games conducted by a
condominium association, a cooperative association, a homeowners’ association as defined in s. 720.301, a mobile
home owners’ association, a group of residents of a mobile home park as defined in chapter 723, or a group of
residents of a mobile home park or recreational vehicle park as defined in chapter 513, property owned by the
association, property owned by the residents of the mobile home park or recreational vehicle park, or property
which is a common area located within the condominium, mobile home park, or recreational vehicle
(12) Each bingo game shall be conducted in
accordance with the following rules:
(a) The objects, whether drawn or ejected, shall
be essentially equal as to size, shape, weight, and balance and as to all other characteristics that may control
their selection from the receptacle. The caller shall cancel any game if, during the course of a game, the
mechanism used in the drawing or ejection of objects becomes jammed in such a manner as to interfere with the
accurate determination of the next number to be announced or if the caller determines that more than one object
is labeled with the same number or that there is a number to be drawn without a corresponding object. Any player
in a game canceled pursuant to this paragraph shall be permitted to play the next game free of
(b) Prior to commencement of any bingo session,
the member in charge shall cause a verification to be made of all objects to be placed in the receptacle and
shall inspect the objects in the presence of a disinterested person to ensure that all objects are present and
that there are no duplications or omissions of numbers on the objects. Any player shall be entitled to call for
a verification of numbers before, during, and after a session.
(c) The card or sheet on which the game is
played shall be part of a deck, group, or series, no two of which may be alike in any given
(d) All numbers shall be visibly displayed after
being drawn and before being placed in the rack.
(e) A bona fide bingo shall consist of a
predesignated arrangement of numbers on a card or sheet that correspond with the numbers on the objects drawn
from the receptacle and announced. Errors in numbers announced or misplaced in the rack may not be recognized as
(f) When a caller has started to vocally
announce a number, the caller shall complete the call. If any player has obtained a bingo on a previous number,
such player will share the prize with the player who gained bingo on the last number
(g) Numbers on the winning cards or sheets shall
be announced and verified in the presence of another player. Any player shall be entitled at the time the winner
is determined to call for a verification of numbers drawn. The verification shall be in the presence of the
member designated to be in charge of the occasion or, if such person is also the caller, in the presence of an
officer of the licensee.
(h) Upon determining a winner, the caller shall
ask, “Are there any other winners?” If no one replies, the caller shall declare the game closed. No other player
is entitled to share the prize unless she or he has declared a bingo prior to this
(i) Seats may not be held or reserved by an
organization or person involved in the conduct of any bingo game for players not present, nor may any cards be
set aside, held, or reserved from one session to another for any player.
(13)(a) Instant bingo tickets must be sold at
the price printed on the ticket or on the game flare by the manufacturer, not to exceed $1. Discounts may not be
given for the purchase of multiple tickets, nor may tickets be given away free of
(b) Each deal of instant bingo tickets must be
accompanied by a flare, and the flare must be posted before the sale of any tickets in that
(c) Each instant bingo ticket in a deal must
bear the same serial number, and there may not be more than one serial number in each deal. Serial numbers
printed on a deal of instant bingo tickets may not be repeated by the manufacturer on the same form for a period
of 3 years.
(d) The serial number for each deal must be
clearly and legibly placed on the outside of each deal’s package, box, or other
(e) Instant bingo tickets manufactured, sold, or
distributed in this state must comply with the applicable standards on pull-tabs of the North American Gaming
Regulators Association, as amended.
(f) Except as provided under paragraph (e), an
instant bingo ticket manufactured, sold, or distributed in this state must:
1. Be manufactured so that it is not possible to
identify whether it is a winning or losing instant bingo ticket until it has been opened by the player as
2. Be manufactured using at least a two-ply
paper stock construction so that the instant bingo ticket is opaque.
3. Have the form number, the deal’s serial
number, and the name or logo of the manufacturer conspicuously printed on the face or cover of the instant bingo
4. Have a form of winner protection that allows
the organization to verify, after the instant bingo ticket has been played, that the winning instant bingo
ticket presented for payment is an authentic winning instant bingo ticket for the deal in play. The manufacturer
shall provide a written description of the winner protection with each deal of instant bingo
(g) Each manufacturer and distributor that sells
or distributes instant bingo tickets in this state to charitable, nonprofit, or veterans’ organizations shall
prepare an invoice that contains the following information:
1. Date of sale.
2. Form number and serial number of each deal
3. Number of instant bingo tickets in each deal
4. Name of distributor or organization to whom
each deal is sold.
5. Price of each deal
All information contained on an invoice must be
maintained by the distributor or manufacturer for 3 years.
(h) The invoice, or a true and accurate copy
thereof, must be on the premises where any deal of instant bingo tickets is stored or in
(14) Any organization or other person who willfully and knowingly violates any provision of
this section commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
For a second or subsequent offense, the organization or other person commits a felony of the third degree,
punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.