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BIG BUCKS IN BINGO: FAYETTE BOOSTERS BANK ON GAMES TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR TEAMS - Related Content - Kentucky.com

BIG BUCKS IN BINGO: FAYETTE BOOSTERS BANK ON GAMES TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR TEAMS - Related Content - Kentucky.com: "Editor's note: This story was published in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Dec. 11, 2005.
David Lindeman called out 'Flash,' the pull-tab game he was selling for $1 a play as he walked under the harsh florescent lights of Jackpot Bingo. The hall off Winchester Road was quiet despite the steady patter of the bingo caller, the voices of parents selling pull-tabs and the occasional yelp from one of the 100 players, signaling bingo.
Two Sunday nights a month, Lindeman, a civil engineer, sells pull-tabs to raise money for Tates Creek High School baseball and softball teams.'It gets downright boring sometimes,' said Lindeman, whose two children play on the teams. 'You walk around in circles and say the same thing, over and over again.'
Seven days a week, sometimes until 3 a.m., parents and students run bingo games to pay for sports and band programs in the Fayette County public schools. The school district pays for head coaches and band directors, but almost every other expense has to be paid for by parents or through fund-raising.
Of all the fund-raisers, bingo brings in the most money -- a total of $6.8 million in the last five years. But bingo's earnings are decreasing.
Few parents like working bingo, but they say the teams need the money, even those who oppose the lottery"
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