In accordance with Governor Tim Walz’ Emergency Order EO-20-99 and MN Stay Safe Guidance, and to ensure the integrity of lawful gambling, all licensed organizations’ lawful gambling activities conducted at all restaurants and bars (excluding those locations with separate off-sale entrances or convenience store locations) must implement the following by 10 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020:
Remove all cash from the site for any closed or paused games* (record amount of cash by game name and serial number) including starting cash banks and deposit the funds into your gambling bank account at your retail bank no later than November 27 (four business days).
DO NOT leave cash in a safe or cash drawer at any location for any closed or paused games.
*Only paper and electronic pull-tab games may be paused. This requires a cash deposit and audit of tickets be made at that point the game is paused. A record of that audit must remain with the paused game and that paused game must be put back in play at the time the Board permits that type of game at the premises permit location. No audit necessary for electronic games.
At your discretion, all games (played and unplayed pull-tabs, bingo paper, paddletickets, and any other form of gambling for all closed or paused games) may be secured at a permitted premises that may close during the effective dates of this EO. All inventory, including any electronic equipment, must be securely stored and is your organization’s responsibility. Pull-tab dispensing devices must be powered off and the meter readings must be recorded. Please note: All games are NOT required to be permanently closed**.
Raffles (MN Stat 349.173 and MN rule 7861.0310) and Sports Themed Tipboards (MN Stat 349.1711 and MN rule 7861.0295) may only continue at approved premises permit locations if all applicable statute, EO and rule requirements are followed.
**All other forms of lawful gambling must be either (1) CLOSED and follow those same procedures as are required under normal circumstances after closing games; or, (2) PAUSED, and the game product must be secured and in your organization’s control no later than 10 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020.
For those organizations with exempt permit activities, please go to Exempt Permits.
Currently, the Gambling Control Board will not be accepting walk-in appointments at any of its four locations, but strongly encourages contact via email, or alternatively via phone to your assigned Compliance or Licensing Specialist.