Bingo is a game that has been enjoyed by millions of people in bingo rooms and halls across the world, and more increasingly, online too.

“Housey Housey” as it is also known, was a primary form of gambling similar to the roulette tables, blackjack and craps. However, like many forms of gambling, it has broadened out into a variety of sectors including charitable causes.

The bingo experts at bingo.paddypower.com will investigate how this form of gambling has been adapted into a mass charitable money maker.

Charity bingo nights are usually set up by a sponsor or the charity organisations themselves. Bingo halls, churches, bars and other popular meeting spots are usually rented out in order to cater for the function. This can happen on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the permission from the owner of premises.

These games usually play for fairly modest stakes without little jackpot prizes, however, it is common for a final game to offer a larger jackpot prize for winning within a certain quantity of numbers. This is commonly seen in charity bingo games hosted by a bigger charity or enterprise who would offer a larger jackpot prize or other attractive prizes such as holidays, cars, cruises etc.

According to the gambling commission, there are certain rules that you must follow.

In non-commercial bingo (bingo night at home) the fundraising for the charity organisation is gathered by charging an entrance fee, participation fee, or through other payments related to the game. The maximum amount that a player may be charged is £8 per day (this includes entrance or participation fees, stakes and any other payments in relation to the gaming).

You must ensure that the total amount paid out in prizes does not exceed £600 in total across all players. However, where it is the final event of the series which all of the players have previously taken part in, a higher prize fund of no more than £900 is allowed.

As all fundraising efforts, the money raised from the even must not be used for private gain and all of it should be given to the charity organisation you a fundraising for, this includes any entrance fees, sponsorship, and the difference between stakes-placed and payouts made.

This does not include any selling of goods and services (food and drink) and can be retained by the party hosting the event.