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The Boone County Veterans Memorial (Florence, Ky.) purchased in part with funds generated from charitable gaming.


The Department of Charitable Gaming provides a regulatory framework allowing charitable gaming to thrive as a viable fundraising mechanism.  The department helps to ensure the productivity of charitable gaming through appropriate regulation, oversight and education.  Our agency is privileged to partner with charities to accomplish these goals and looks forward to continuing that partnership. The department continues to seek new ways to assist charities in gaming, while policing the industry to ensure that charities do not fall prey to those seeking to use charitable gaming as a means to make money for themselves.

As we look to the future, the department will continue to strive to ensure that charitable gaming is an activity in which more charities participate to make money for their causes, and to make the industry safer for those charities already gaming. As always, the department serves as a resource for charities and has training available.  Also, the office is working to make its website more informative and educational for charities.  With your help, charitable gaming has a bright future. 


The Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG) is seeking volunteers to complete a survey on responsible gaming efforts in the industry. The survey will be used to help KYCPG determine the variety of responsible gaming training occurring in the Commonwealth. Participation is completely voluntary. Please consider assisting KYCPG in this effort. The survey can be completed at

NOTICE:  As a reminder to all organizations applying for a Charity Fundraising Event (CFE) or Special Limited Charity Fundraising Event (SLCFE) license:

KRS 238.505(8) states, “’Charity fundraising event’ means an activity of limited duration at which games of chance approved by the department are conducted, including bingo, raffles, charity game tickets, special limited charitable games, and wagering on prerecorded horse races, KRS Chapter 230 notwithstanding. Examples of such activities include events that attract patrons for community, social, and entertainment purposes apart from charitable gaming, such as fairs, festivals, carnivals, licensed charitable gaming organization conventions, and bazaars.”

KRS 238.505(18) states, “Special limited charity fundraising event” means any type of charity fundraising event, commonly known as and operated as a ‘casino night,’ ‘Las Vegas night,’ or ‘Monte Carlo night,’ at which the predominant number or types of games offered for play are special limited charitable games.”

Please keep in mind when applying for a CFE or SLCFE license that the license application must include information regarding the event that is attracting patrons for community, social, and entertainment purposes apart from charitable gaming.

NOTICE:  The proposed changes to the charitable gaming regulations are effective as of April 4, 2014. The following is a list of the affected regulations and a brief overview of the changes:

820 KAR 1:001—Definitions

  • Change definition of “Bingo Machine” to allow random generators.
  • Change definition of “Called” to allow random generators and for balls to be otherwise continuously displayed rather than “placed out.”

820 KAR 1:005—Exempt Organizations

  • Allows for electronic filing of the annual financial report.
  • New application for exemption and annual financial report.

820 KAR 1:015—License for charitable organization

  • New application form.
  • Changed “session” to “gaming occasion” on what is required on a license application. The day and time for each gaming occasion, instead of session, must be listed.

820 KAR 1:016—Distributor and Manufacturer licenses

  • New application forms.

820 KAR 1:025—Financial Reports for organizations

  • Allows the reports to be filed electronically.
  • New form. 

820 KAR 1:026—Quarterly reports of gaming facility

  • Allows reports to be filed electronically.
  • New form.

820 KAR 1:027—Quarterly reports of distributor

  • Allows reports to be filed electronically.
  • New form.

820 KAR 1:029—Facility license

  • New application form.

820 KAR 1:044—Bingo Equipment

  • Clarified language requiring approval from the department and manufacturer to add or remove software to card-minding devices.
  • Changed “dial up,” “modem” and the like to “internet.”

820 KAR 1:046—Bingo Rules of Play

  • Instead of balls selected being “placed out” we changed to “displayed” as a result of incorporation of random generators.

820 KAR 1:055—CFE event standards

  • New application form.

820 KAR 1:056—SLCFE event standards

  • New application form. (Same as 820 KAR 1:055).

The Legislative Research Commission will have the updated regulations published on its website at by the end of May. In the meantime, the updated forms and applications affected by the changes have been added to the Department of Charitable Gaming website at

Please be advised that all license applications have been updated and all new and renewal applications filed from April 4, 2014 forward will need to be filed using the new applications. Applications and reports filed on the old forms will be accepted until June 1, 2014 but will be automatically rejected after that date.  Any questions regarding the updated regulations can be sent to Noelle Bailey at or by calling the department.  ​