WPR News
8:47 pm
Wed January 5, 2005

Judge: Bingo Machines Against the Law

Laramie, Wy – A district judge ruled Wednesday that electronic bingo games are illegal in Wyoming.
Laramie County District Judge James Burke ruled that electronic bingo machines are gambling devices prohibited under Wyoming law because they do not fit the statute's definition of bingo.
Burke also ruled that the sharing of proceeds from electronic bingo operations between non-profit and for-profit entities is in violation of the law because only non-profit entities are allowed to conduct bingo games.
State Attorney General Pat Crank says he's pleased with the decision. He says many electronic bingo games operate more like slot machines than bingo.