Lottery rules have recently changed. See cbs.sa.gov.au for more information.

Bingo is played using game cards called bingo cards, with at least 15 numbered squares.

The caller randomly selects a number and players mark or cover the number if it's on their card. The first person to mark all the numbers on their card wins.

Fundraising bingo sessions can only be conducted by an organisation such as a charity, social club, political party, registered club, sporting club or trade union.

You need a bingo licence if the gross proceeds are more than $1000 per session.

Bingo cards

Bingo cards must be purchased from a licensed supplier of lottery products, and each game card must have at least 15 different numbers. All bingo cards must:
  • be the same price
  • give an equal chance of winning
  • be accurately recorded
  • be kept in a secure place.
If a session is licensed, the bingo cards must have a serial number at the bottom.

Conduct

Players must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by an adult. Bingo cards must not be given out more than one session in advance. Sessions must not be longer than three hours and no more than three sessions can be played each week. There must be a break of at least 30 minutes between sessions. At least two members of the management committee or staff must be present at a session and they must be held at the place and day the licence says.

Advertising

Bingo advertising must not:
  • be aimed at people aged less than 18 years, or demonstrate them gambling
  • exaggerate the prizes or suggest the chance of winning is better than it really is
  • suggest that someone’s skill means a better chance of winning
  • imply that the lottery can increase social, sexual or employment opportunities
  • link the lottery with drinking too much alcohol
  • exaggerate the connection between the lottery and how the proceeds will be used
  • suggest that the lottery can fix personal or financial problems, or to cover expenses.
If a session is licensed, all advertising must include the licence number.

Prizes

Bingo sessions can’t promote or have as prizes:
  • tobacco products
  • firearms, antique firearms and ammunition
  • dangerous articles and prohibited weapons
  • cosmetic surgery or similar procedures
  • goods or services that are illegal to sell in South Australia.
Prizes can’t be subsidised from other games of chance and can't:
  • be less than 20% of the gross proceeds (less the amount allowed for a jackpot) per session
  • jackpot more than 10% of the gross proceeds of the session
  • for major bingo, jackpot more than 10% of the gross proceedings of the session
  • be added to the next session if no-one wins.
Liquor can't be offered as an incentive to play.

Cash prizes must be paid immediately after the game, and divided equally if there's more than one winner.

Proceeds

The gross proceeds from each session must not be more than $9,000. Funds raised can only be used an approved purpose and can include:
  • promoting literature, science or the arts
  • religious, educational, charitable or benevolent purposes
  • providing medical treatment or promoting the interests of someone who has a particular physical, mental or intellectual disability
  • establishing, running or improving a community centre
  • promoting the interests of a local community or group
  • sport, recreation or amusement
  • promoting animal welfare
  • conserving resources or preserving the environmental, historical or cultural heritage of South Australia
  • promoting the interests of students or education staff
  • political purpose
  • promoting the common interests of people connected to a business, trade or industry.
At least 20% of the gross proceeds, as well as all net proceeds, must be used for an approved purpose. The funds raised can’t be used to benefit a member of the organisation or a registered corporation that returns profits to its members.

Banking and record-keeping

Records must be kept for one year from when a bingo licence expires for:
  • bingo cards
  • prizes
  • proceeds for each game.
Unsold bingo cards must be kept for three months. The net proceeds of all bingo sessions must be paid into the organisation’s bank account. You must send a financial statement outlining the bingo session turnover to Consumer and Business Services each year.

If gross proceeds are more than $100,000, you must provide an auditor's report with your financial statement.

Penalties

Anyone who acts dishonestly in connection to bingo is guilty of an offence. The maximum penalty is $50,000 or two years imprisonment.

Contact CBS Lotteries

Online
Contact form

Phone
131 882 (option 6)

Post
GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001


Related information

Legislation


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Page last updated 13 December 2021

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Last Updated:
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