Pull-tabs are the most popular form of charitable gambling in Minnesota. You will often see them for sale behind a bar or in a dedicated pull-tab booth within a bar. It is played by selling paper or cardboard tickets from a container, some of which will contain winning combinations of symbols (similar to a winning line on a slot machine), most of which won’t. A set of pull-tab tickets is called a deal and usually contains between 2,000 and 10,000 tickets with a pre-determined number of winners, giving the box a pre-determined payout / profit percentage.

Conduct of Pull-Tabs (Chapter 4 from the Lawful Gambling Manual) (GCB) (PDF)

Gambling Control Board Forms

Forms for the Conduct of Pull-Tabs

MNCharitableGambling.com Custom Forms

Below are some custom forms developed and used previously by the staff at MNCharitableGambling.com (now we use the Charitable Gambling Manager application for the conduct of pull-tabs). 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).

They can all be used as-is, except for the House Rules, which should be modified to include at least your organization’s name. 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.

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.