bingo regulations

Bingo Game Rules


  • Colorful Spinner Card
  • 14 Easy-to-Read Bingo cards
  • Spinner
  • 100 Plastic markers
  • Tally Card.

Object of the Game

To be the first player to place 5 markers in a row either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.


Remove the Bingo markers from their runners; discard the excess runner pieces.

One player is selected to be the Caller. The Caller’s job is to spin the spinner to determine which Bingo letters and numbers are played.

The Caller will then place a marker on the tally card to record the letter and number called.

Assemble the Spinner

Separate the spinner from the collar and remove and discard the plastic nib. Press the collar completely into the spinner card from the bottom side. Snap the spinner into the top of the collar.

Game Play

To start the game, the Caller distributes a Bingo card to each player.

Each player then places a maker on the center “Free Space” on his or her Bingo card.

The Caller spins the spinner and calls out the letter & number the spinner points to.

The Caller places a marker on the tally card for this letter & number.

Players then look for the letter & number on their cards. If the number appears on a player’s card, a marker is placed on that square.

End of the Game

When a player has placed 5 markers in a row, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally, the player calls out “Bingo!”

When a player calls out “Bingo!”, the Caller checks the player’s card against the master tally card to make certain that the letters and numbers marked, have been called.

If the letters & numbers are correct the player who called “Bingo!” is the winner.

Other Versions of Playing Bingo

Filling the entire Bingo card with markers

Filling the outer borders of the Bingo card with markers

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Bingo regulations

This reference section contains links to the Bingo Enabling Act, the Charitable Bingo Administrative Rules and other useful information used in the regulation of charitable bingo in Texas.

The Bingo Enabling Act is the enabling statute for Charitable Bingo in Texas.

The Charitable Bingo Administrative Rules provide access to all current Charitable Bingo Administrative Rules which guide the conduct and regulation of Charitable Bingo in Texas.

You may also obtain copies of the Act and Rules by making a written request to:

Texas Lottery Commission
Public Information Coordinator
P.O. Box 16630
Austin, Texas 78761-6630

To request public information from the Texas Lottery Commission, please submit your request via the Public Information Portal:

Please be advised that there is a charge for copies of the Act and Rules.

The Recent Texas Lottery Rulemaking Proceedings list the TLC’s recent rulemaking proceedings, including both Bingo and Lottery rules.

The Bingo Advisory Opinions allow the viewer to read all TLC issued advisory opinions. As set forth in Bingo Enabling Act Section 2001.059(a)-(f) and Administrative Rule 402.101, an advisory opinion is a written response to a request concerning compliance with the Bingo Enabling Act and Administrative Rules of a particular situation.

The Legal Notice / Meetings provide information concerning meetings, meeting minutes transcripts and other legal notices.

The Charitable Raffle Enabling Act is provided as a courtesy to conductor licensees that often wish to conduct a raffle in conjunction with their bingo occasions or have questions about the legality of raffles in Texas. More information about charitable raffles may be found on the website of the Texas Office of the Attorney General.

The Dispute Resolution Request Form allows all licensees to request an informal dispute resolution conference concerning audit, licensing, or other issues as authorized by Charitable Bingo Administrative Rule 402.708.

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