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This legal research guide provides information about gambling laws in Texas.


Bingo Games in Texas

Bingo is one of the few forms of legal gambling in the state of Texas. State law only allows for certain organizations to conduct bingo games and the proceeds are only to be used for charitable purposes. Local elections, either in the county, justice of the peace precinct or municipality, must also be held in order to approve the use of bingo games in the area.

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas law related to charitable bingo games. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, please see the Understanding the Law resources below for a "plain English" explanation of these laws.

Texas Law

Understanding the Law

Where to Apply

Thinking of operating a charitable bingo game? Visit the Texas Lottery Commission's website for information on how to apply for a license as well as forms and rules on operating games for conductors, workers and lessors.

Attorney General Opinions

Below you will find links to Texas Attorney General opinions issued on bingo. While attorney general opinions can be highly persuasive and are entitled to great weight, the ultimate determination of a law's applicability, meaning or constitutionality is left to the courts.

Who Can I Contact?

For more information on charitable bingo or if you would like to file a complaint, visit the Texas Lottery Commission's website.