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.
- be the same price
- give an equal chance of winning
- be accurately recorded
- be kept in a secure place.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Cash prizes must be paid immediately after the game, and divided equally if there's more than one winner.
- 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.
Banking and record-keeping
- bingo cards
- proceeds for each game.
If gross proceeds are more than $100,000, you must provide an auditor's report with your financial statement.