Bingo organizers hope for financial boost after ballot win

Bingo backers in Missouri hope voter-approved changes to how the game is regulated in the state will reverse a downward trend in the number of games that are offered, the Associated Press reports.

That could provide a boost to the charitable and religious groups that Missouri law dictates bingo games must benefit.

Voters this month approved a constitutional amendment that reduces the waiting period required for people to run bingo games and lifts a ban on advertising the games.

Licensed bingo halls in the state declined from 435 in 2006 to 227 in 2018. Taxes generated from purchases by bingo organizations declined from $2.5 million to $1.4 million in that same span.

What may have seemed like a minor ballot issue to some is “big, big plus” for charitable organizations that benefit from bingo games, said Tom Murphy, president of the Association of Charitable Games of Missouri.

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