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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. The proceeds from the games can only be used for charitable purposes.

Bingo games are only allowed in areas of the state that have held local elections approving their use. Local elections can  be countywide or within a justice court precinct.

Texas Law 

Understanding the Law

Where to Apply

Are you interested in starting 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 for operating games.

Attorney General Opinions

Below you will find links to Texas Attorney General opinions issued on bingo. While attorney general opinions can be persuasive, they are not binding. Interpretation of state law 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.