BRIEF: General Assembly weighs network bingo games
RICHMOND, Jan 16, 2013 (The Virginian-Pilot - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Struggling charities and bingo lovers alike may hit the jackpot with a new game under consideration by the General Assembly.
Network bingo -- a statewide contest in which the randomly selected numbers would be broadcast through an online video stream -- would provide charities with a way to raise money beyond the bingo games already legal in Virginia, said Chuck Lessin, legislative director for the Virginia Charitable Bingo Association.
If approved -- both the House and Senate are considering legislation -- there would be one game a week in which players could purchase a card for a dollar. Sales would be through only a licensed bingo hall and would be limited to one card per person, Lessin said.
Half the pot, up to $25,000, would go to the winner. The remaining money would be split between the sponsoring charity, which would receive 35 percent, and the game's maker, which would get 15 percent, Lessin said. Any leftover cash could go to a second-place winner or roll over to the next week.
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