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Michigan Bingo Halls and Online Games

Bingo’s heyday has long since passed, but the game is still played at hundreds of charity events and bingo halls, plus some tribal casinos across Michigan as well.

The game’s popularity peaked in the mid-1980s before the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act passed in 1988 and many tribal bingo halls across Michigan and the entire US turned themselves into casinos with Las Vegas-style gambling instead.

However, bingo games still run at several tribal casinos and hundreds of halls across the state taking advantage of Michigan’s charitable gaming laws that allow qualified nonprofit organizations to obtain charitable gaming licenses and host events.

With Michigan lawmakers passing online gambling legislation in 2019, online casinos are coming to Michigan, some of which will bring online bingo with them.

Read on to find out more about bingo in the Great Lakes State, the version of the game that is popular online and where you can still play bingo across the state.

Bingo and Michigan gambling laws

In 1972, Michigan lawmakers passed Act 382 creating rules to govern charity bingo games throughout the state.

The act defined bingo as a game where players purchase one or more cards divided into numbered squares and a caller randomly picks numbers from one to 75.

Players scan the cards to see if the called number is there and mark it off when it is. The first player to string together numbers in the winning bingo pattern, as set before the game starts, shouts out “bingo.” Once that card is verified, he or she collects a pre-set prize.

The law only allows qualified nonprofit organizations to obtain a Michigan charitable gaming license and conduct bingo games. However, Michigan charity bingo halls have been allowed to assist nonprofit organizations in obtaining licenses and running games.

There are three types of Michigan charitable gaming bingo licenses nonprofit organizations can obtain:

  • Large Bingo License: Allows a licensee to conduct bingo one day per week with prize limits of $1,100 per game and $3,500 per session. Licensees can also run a Michigan Progressive Jackpot Bingo Game: This jackpot is not subject to the prize limits. Instead, progressive jackpots consist of the preceding session’s unclaimed jackpot and 50% of card sales for the Michigan progressive jackpot bingo game in the current session.
  • Small Bingo License: Allows a licensee to conduct bingo one day per week with prize limits of $25 per game and $300 per session. Progressive jackpot bingo games cannot be played under the small bingo license.
  • Special Bingo License: Allows a licensee to conduct bingo for up to seven consecutive days with prize limits of $1,100 per game and $3,500 per session. Nonprofit organizations can obtain up to four special bingo licenses per year. Michigan progressive jackpot bingo games cannot be played under this license.

Bingo without a license

The act also allows for bingo to be run without a license by senior citizens clubs, groups, or homes consisting of members who are 60 years old or above. As long as:

  • Bingo is conducted for amusement and recreation only, not for fund-raising
  • Only members, guests, and employees can play or operate the game
  • No more than 25 cents is charged for cards
  • The retail value of all prizes does not exceed $100 in a single day
  • All revenue from bingo is used for prizes and reasonable expenses incurred in operating the game
  • No person is compensated solely for playing or operating the game

Native American bingo

To solve economic problems on American Indian reservations several Michigan tribes opened large-scale bingo operations in the early 1980s.

By the mid-1980s many of these operations were converted into the full-scale tribal casinos that still operate to this day. A handful still run bingo operations without the same prize limits charity gaming licensees are subject to.

Bingo at Michigan online casinos

Michigan passed an online gambling bill in December 2019 making online casinos legal in the state, pending the creation of rules and a licensing process.

The licensing and rule-making processes are now underway. A draft of the rules was sent to various stakeholders in April 2020 and license applications were made available to Detroit’s three commercial casinos and 23 tribal casinos across the state in May.

The executive director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board has said the first Michigan online casinos could be live by November 2020 if certain aspects of Michigan’s rule-making process are expedited.

These operations could run online bingo games, provided the game is included in the rules governing online gambling in the state or operators ask the board to approve the game.

Free and real money online bingo

Just like many land-based casinos do, Michigan online casinos are likely to offer free bingo games where registered players can win real money.

Both brick-and-mortar and online casinos do this as a way to reward loyal players and draw them to the casino. However, the online games are often so large the chance of winning anything substantial is slim. Either the prize is split among too many players or you need to beat thousands of other players to claim it.

If you want a realistic shot at winning real money playing bingo online, stick to paid games where your chances of winning are significantly improved.

Slingo vs. Bingo: What’s the difference?

Slingo games are a type of video slot game you might find at a land-based or online casino in Michigan.

Slingo takes its name from bingo. However, Slingo games combine elements of traditional bingo, slots, and casino games.

There are several different Slingo games available at online and physical casinos, many of which also incorporate skill and decision-making into the gaming experience.

Playing Slingo is easy. The game involves taking a fixed number of spins, drawing five numbers each, before finding and marking off these numbers on a bingo-style card.

You can also draw wilds that allow you to check off numbers anywhere, give you additional free spins, and instant wins.

Your wins will be based on how many lines of Slingo you can mark off on the card, similar to how wins payout on a slot machine.

Slingo’s flagship games include Slingo Riches and Slingo Extreme.

Can I play online bingo in MI?

Right now you can’t play online bingo in Michigan, but that option may soon be available. Once online casinos have been licensed and begin to open, the rules may allow them to run online bingo.

Even if they do not, Michigan online casinos may ask for approval from the board to run online versions of bingo.

Online casinos in other states run online bingo, suggesting there is a chance Michigan could follow their lead.

How 90 ball bingo works

The type of bingo most US online casinos run is a “90 ball” version of the game.

While 90-ball bingo is similar to the standard 75-ball game typically found at bingo events, there are some differences.

To start, the game cards feature 27 squares in a three-row and nine-column grid. Each row has five squares filled with numbers and four blank spots. Each column will only feature numbers from one of nine batches.

The first column has numbers from one through nine, the second 10 through 19, and so on, up to 90.

Cards for this version are sold in groups of six called strips. Like traditional bingo, numbers are randomly-drawn and you try to string together these numbers on your card in the winning bingo pattern that was set before the start of the game. The blanks on each card are considered already filled.

You can win one of three ways playing 90-ball bingo:

  • Any line: Be the first to get all five numbers in a row
  • Two lines: Be the first to get all five numbers in two rows
  • Full house: Be the first to get all five numbers in all three rows

The addition of 15 numbers and the different makeup of the card is the only difference between 90-ball bingo and the traditional game.

However, all occurrences of a number are automatically marked off on your strips when you play online, making it more like electronic bingo than traditional versions.

Michigan bingo halls

There are more than 300 bingo halls and tribal casinos that run games across the Wolverine State.

The following is a list of Michigan tribal casinos looking to launch online gambling operations that already run live bingo games:

Leelanau Sands Casino and Lodge

  • Address: 2521 N. West Bay Shore Dr., Peshawbestown, MI
  • Bingo: Wednesday through Friday starting at 5 p.m. ET
  • Owner: Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
  • Online casino partner: William Hill

Four Winds Casino New Buffalo

  • Address: 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo, Michigan
  • Bingo: Occasional bingo promotions held in the event center
  • Owner: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
  • Online casino partner: Scientific Games

Firekeepers Casino and Hotel

  • Address: 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Bingo: Two sessions daily Thursday through Monday. Nine progressive jackpots and seasonal bingo promotions.
  • Owner: Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
  • Online casino partner: Scientific Games

Northern Waters Casino Resort

  • Address: N5384 US-45, Watersmeet, Michigan
  • Bingo: Occasional bingo promotions
  • Owner: Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
  • Online casino partner: PointsBet

Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort

  • Address: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Isabella Indian Reservation, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  • Bingo: Wednesday through Sunday with two or three sessions per day and early-bird games. Plus, the Bingo Millions Coverall Add-On with the chance to win $1,000,000 with a coverall in 47 balls or less
  • Owner: Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation
  • Online casino partner: Aristocrat

Odawa Casino Resort

  • Address: 1760 Lears Rd., Petoskey, Michigan
  • Bingo: Every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, two sessions per day beginning at 11 a.m. ET with Progressive jackpots that start at $1,000 and $2,500
  • Owner: Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
  • Online casino partner :The Stars Group (PokerStars Casino)

Kewadin Casino Sault Ste. Marie

  • Address: 2186 Shunk Rd., Sault Ste. Marie, MI
  • Bingo: 200-seat bingo hall with progressive to two-part jackpot games Saturday afternoon and senior bingo at noon every Thursday.
  • Owner: Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Online casino partner: GAN

Wrapping up: Online bingo and bingo in Michigan

With more than 300 bingo halls and tribal casinos running games across the state, somebody forgot to tell Michigan the game’s popularity has been waning since the mid-1980s.

Live bingo is alive and well in the Great Lakes State and the first online casinos to offer the game over the internet are bound to have increased traffic as a result.

With live bingo games running at several tribal casinos that are planning to go online in late 2020 or early 2021, online bingo in Michigan is quite possibly set to take off.

Guide to playing live and online bingo in Michigan. Find out about the different versions of the game and best sites to play bingo games online.

Michigan bingo

Select your mode of play — Play For Fun or Play For Prizes. To play for prizes you must first enter the required code numbers from an eligible non-winning BINGO instant game ticket.
Each game begins with four Player’s Cards.

  1. Select Auto Dab or the desired play Speed before beginning the game.
  2. A total of 30 Bingo Numbers will be drawn automatically. You can control the speed of the drawing by clicking the Speed icon.
  3. Select matching Bingo Numbers on each of the four Player’s Cards by clicking those numbers.
  4. Selecting Auto Dab will automatically reveal all 30 Bingo Numbers and any matching numbers on each Player’s Card.
  5. After all 30 Bingo Numbers have been drawn, a 10 second countdown will begin. Any matching numbers that have not been revealed will automatically reveal.
  6. If you entered an eligible $3 Bingo ticket in “Play for Prizes” mode and you uncover one or more winning patterns you win the corresponding prize in the Prize Legend.If you entered an eligible $5 Bingo ticket and you uncover one or more winning patterns, you get to play the Multiplier game in order to determine your total winning prize!

Prize Structure

Card 1 Card 2 Card 3 Card 4 Prize
Line 1 Drawing Entry
Line 2 Drawing Entries
Line 3 Drawing Entries
Line 4 Drawing Entries
4 Corners 5 Drawing Entries
4 Corners 8 Drawing Entries
4 Corners 10 Drawing Entries
4 Corners 12 Drawing Entries
X 15 Drawing Entries
X 25 Drawing Entries
Line Line $2 Off Coupon
4 Corners 4 Corners $3 Off Coupon
4 Corners 4 Corners 4 Corners $5 Off Coupon
4 Corners 4 Corners Line Line $10 Off Coupon
X $20 Off Coupon
X $20 Off Coupon

Eligible Instant Games

Game Number Game Name
314 Bingo Slots
358 Bonus Ball Bingo

Drawings & Winners (Weekly)

Draw Prizes for Each Draw

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Rules

Overview

This directive outlines a promotion by the Michigan Bureau of State Lottery (Bureau) that begins on April 24, 2012 and ends on October 3, 2022. During the promotional period, participants may access and play an interactive Bingo game through either a personal computer with an Internet connection or with a mobile device using the Michigan Lottery Bingo mobile app. By submitting the unique Game Number and Validation Code sequence from eligible non-cash prize winning Bingo instant game tickets, participants may access and play the interactive game for chances to win drawing entries or instant ticket coupons.

  1. Definitions – as used in this directive.
    1. Bingo App – the free mobile device app created for this promotion that participants can download.
    2. Bingo Game Outcome – the pattern(s) revealed by matching numbers on all four (4) Player’s Cards after all thirty (30) Bingo Numbers have been called. Patterns resulting in a prize are described in Section 5(b). All other patterns are considered non-winning and will not result in a prize.
    3. Code Sequence – collectively, refers to either the 8-digit Validation Code or the 10-character alpha-numeric Entry Code printed on Eligible Tickets.
    4. Eligible Ticket – a non-cash prize winning ticket from any of the following instant games:
      • $5 game #268 – Super Bingo (added October 2,2018)
      • $5 game #314 – Bingo Slots (added December 3, 2019)
      • $5 game #358 – Bonus Ball Bingo (added August 11, 2020)
    5. Entry Code – the unique and randomly assigned 10-character alpha-numeric code concealed beneath the scratch-off material on Eligible Tickets from games #268 – Super Bingo, #314 – Bingo Slots and #358 Bonus Ball Bingo.
    6. Game Number – the 3-digit number printed on the front and back of each instant game ticket.
    7. MyMiBingo.com – the website created for this promotion that provides participants with all the functionality necessary to participate in the promotion from a personal computer.
    8. Validation Code – the unique and randomly assigned 8-digit number concealed beneath the scratch-off material of every ticket. A hyphen always appears between the third and fourth digits and the last five (5) digits are always underlined.
  1. Promotion Description
    1. A participant can gain access and play the interactive game in any of the following ways:
      1. By accessing www.MichiganLottery.com via a personal computer and either logging into his or her existing account or by registering as a new member, and then selecting the hyperlink specifically developed for the purpose of accessing the interactive game.
      2. By accessing www.MyMiBingo.com via a personal computer and either logging into his or her existing account or by registering as a new member.
      3. By downloading and installing the Bingo App on a supported mobile device and either logging into his or her existing account or by registering as a new member.
    2. A participant will be required to be a member and submit one (1) eligible Code Sequence to access and play the interactive Bingo game. Each number sequence allows the participant to play the game one (1) time.
    3. Each Bingo Game Outcome is predetermined and governed by the Code Sequence submitted by the participant.
    4. All interactive Bingo games that are interrupted can be replayed by selecting the Account History menu option.
    5. Only Code Sequences found on Eligible Tickets are valid for entry.
    6. Each eligible Code Sequence may be submitted only one (1) time in this promotion, regardless of the method used to access the game.
    7. Each eligible Code Sequence has been pre-assigned one (1) Bingo Game Outcome and is valid for one (1) interactive game play.
    8. Only the number of eligible Code Sequences submitted by the participant limits the number of drawing entries or instant game coupons he or she can win in this promotion.
    9. Each participant may view the Code Sequences that he or she has submitted and the history of the prizes he or she has won, if any, by viewing the Account History screen in the Bingo App or by logging into his or her account and accessing the appropriate page in the MyMiBingo promotional website.
    10. Participants may select a “Try It” version of the interactive game. Membership and a Validation Code is not required to access the “Try It” version of the interactive game. Prizes are not awarded in this version of the game.
  1. Interactive Bingo Game Description
    1. The game play area will consist of the following:
      • BACK Button. When selected returns the participant to the home screen.
      • WINNING PATTERNS Graphic. A rotating graphic that displays each of the winning Bingo patterns: Horizontal, vertical or diagonal line, 4 corners, and the “X” pattern.
      • BINGO NUMBER Carousel – Displays the last six (6) Bingo numbers called.
      • INFO button. When selected reveals three (3) menu options:
        • How To Play – When selected reveals the game play instructions.
        • Prize Table – When selected reveals the game prize table.
        • Rules – When selected reveals the official game rules.
      • WINNING PRIZE Status Bar. Displays the current winning prize amount, if any.
      • CARDS toggle. When selected reveals the two (2) Player’s Cards not shown in the current display.
      • FOUR (4) PLAYER’S CARDS, each consisting of twenty-four (24) bingo numbers and one (1) free space located in the center position of each Card. Each Bingo number and free space is overlaid with a transparent covering. Two (2) Player’s Cards at a time are displayed, either Cards 1 and 2 or Cards 3 and 4. To display the two (2) Cards not currently shown, the participant must tap the Cards toggle button.
      • BINGO BOARD. A matrix consisting of seventy (70) circular spots arranged in five (5) columns and fourteen (14) rows. After each bingo number is called, the number appears in the appropriate spot on the Bingo Board.
      • TREASURE CHEST Graphic – Displays the current number of Auto-wins collected.
      • SOUND button. When selected allows the participant to adjust the volume of the game.
      • MUSIC button. When selected allows the participant to turn the background music off or on.
      • HINT button. When selected highlights any matching bingo numbers that have not been revealed by the participant.
      • AUTO DAB button. When selected reveals three (3) menu options:
        • Reveal – When selected all remaining bingo numbers will be drawn and then all matching numbers will be automatically revealed on each Player’s Card.
        • Auto Dab – When selected will automatically reveal any matching bingo numbers on each Player’s Card after each Bingo number is drawn.
        • Cancel – When selected will return the participant to the game play.
        • SPEED button. When selected allows the participant to adjust the speed at which bingo numbers are drawn.
        • PLAY/PAUSE button. When selected will pause the drawing of bingo numbers.
    2. Participants who submit a $5 Eligible Ticket will be presented with two (2) additional game play features:
      1. Multiplier
        • Each Player’s Card will include one (1) of four (4) possible multiplier values: 2X, 3X, 5X and 10X.
        • Multiplier values appear on a Player’s Card with a diamond symbol background and will rotate between the multiplier value/diamond symbol and the Bingo number position shared by the two.
        • A revealed multiplier value will be applied only if the participant matches at least one (1) winning Bingo pattern across all four (4) Player’s Cards.
        • To reveal a multiplier value, the participant must match the Bingo number shared by that multiplier symbol.
        • More than one (1) multiplier symbol may be revealed, but only the highest multiplier will be applied.
      2. Auto Win
        • Auto wins appear on a Player’s Card in the form of a gold key symbol and will rotate between the symbol and the Bingo number position shared by the two.
        • Each Player’s Card will include one (1) gold key symbol.
        • For each Bingo number matched on a Player’s Card that includes a gold key symbol, the key counter on the Treasure Chest graphic will increment by one (1).
        • Participants can match up to three (3) Bingo numbers that include a gold key symbol.
        • The Auto Win value for each gold key collected is revealed at the conclusion of the game.
    3. Participants who submit a $3 Eligible Ticket will be presented with the Auto Win game play feature only.
    4. Bingo numbers will be automatically drawn and the participant will select the matching Bingo numbers that are displayed on any of his or her four (4) Player’s Cards. Participants will indicate a match by tapping or clicking each number to remove the transparent covering. The remaining bingo numbers will be drawn in random order until the predetermined Bingo Game Outcome is reached.
    5. At the conclusion of each game, a message will be displayed indicating that the game outcome resulted in either a non-winning experience or a prize winning experience along with the prize associated with that outcome
    6. At any time during the game, a participant may select or de-select the AUTO DAB button.
    7. Each game will conclude when thirty (30) Bingo numbers have been drawn and all matching Bingo numbers on all four (4) Player’s Cards have been revealed.

  2. Prizes and Determination of Prize Winners
    1. The Bingo Game Outcomes and associated prizes assigned to the Code Sequence found on Eligible Tickets are randomly distributed. Refer to the Prize Tables section.
    2. A participant may win a prize only by revealing one or more of the winning patterns illustrated below.

      Winning Patterns

      Any horizontal or vertical line consisting of five (5) matching numbers and a “FREE” space, or a diagonal line consisting of four (4) matching numbers and a “FREE” space.

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