Monday, January 17, 2005

Texas reaps benefit from bingo charity prize offering

By staff
The state of Texas has announced over $6 million in awards to cities and counties as a result of charitable bingo monies collected from big prize winners late last year.
Over 150 local authorities stand to benefit from the scheme, which is showing a near ten percent rise in collections from last year’s figures. Example awards include $120,455 to Harris County, one of the top five areas to receive funds.
'Thanks to the leaders in these local jurisdictions that see the social and charitable value of bingo, long-time fans, as well as new charitable bingo players can enjoy themselves playing bingo all they want,' said Billy Atkins, charitable bingo director of the Texas Lottery Commission. A 2.5 percent share of all bingo winnings goes to the state, distributed by the General Revenue Fund.
There are 1,329 conductors of charitable bingo in Texas. Players won a total of $104,429,138 in prizes in the third quarter of 2004, with $74.9 million of that from regular prizes and $29.5 million from instant pull tabs.

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