Bingo was the first form of charitable gambling officially sanctioned by the state of Minnesota (in 1945). Its essence is the same as the familiar bingo game as played in the US. In recent years, legislation has allowed for bingo to be played in bars, with hand-held electronic devices, and even linked across many different locations.

Conduct of Bingo (Chapter 5 from the Lawful Gambling Manual) (GCB) (PDF)

Gambling Control Board Forms

Forms for the Conduct of Bingo Custom Forms

Below are some custom forms developed and used by the staff at We’ve found these forms to be more organized, be more intuitive, and collect better information than the forms provided by the Gambling Control Board.

Each form is provided in PDF, .doc, and .odt formats. PDFs are good for saving and printing as-is. If you would like to modify the forms yourself, download them and modify them as needed (it is often convenient to at least add your organization name, organization license number, site name, and site license number to reduce unnecessary and repetitive hand-writing).

Some can be used as-is, but should be modified to include at least your organization’s name, site, and license numbers. You may also want to add your organization’s logo on either side of the title and maybe even as a light gray, watermark-type image behind the text. You should also tailor the house rules and program details to match your bingo occasions.

The .odt format is a word processing file format of OpenDocument, an open standard for electronic documents (Wikipedia article). These can be edited by any number of supporting word processors. A particularly good one is OpenOffice (Wikipedia article, website), which can be downloaded for free for any operating system. This can be a great alternative if you don’t have and don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for a copy of an expensive, proprietary office software suite. It can open and edit Microsoft Word (.doc) and Microsoft Excel (.xls) file formats and can also export PDF files.