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Game Information

This is the general information for most bingo establishments in Southern California.

  • The pay-out for most Bingo games for schools and non-profit organizations is between $250 and $500 per game. This will depend on the number of players, but in most cases the attendance is there. The amount you win will be determined by the number of winners for each game. If two people win on the same game the payout is split between winners.
  • Buy-ins generally run from $15 to $20 for the main games. There are a few places that have special packages so check for this when you arrive. This is for a 15-sheet package with 6 bingo squares or a 6-on for each page. Additional sheet packages run around $5 each. Early Bird games, Late Bird games and Warm-Up games are extra.
  • Pull tabs are played generally everywhere. Each ticket costs either $.50, or $1 each. You pull open tabs on the tickets to reveal any winnings. Winnings can range from $0.50 up to as much as $250 depending on the ticket! Of course, other tickets are losers, so no win is guaranteed. Careful…they are fun and addicting!
  • Maxine says.Flash Board games are getting popular now. They sell flash board tickets for $1 each. Sometimes there is an instant winner of $250, $25, $2 , or $1, other times no winner, just the small ones. Then there are the number tickets. If you get a ticket with a hold bingo number, you hold the card until the designated bingo game is played. Some cards have 3 of the same number! Others may have one or two. If you are holding the ticket with the number on it that was the winning bingo number for the game, you win the money. Some games pay $250 for each number held. Others pay $125 each for two of the numbers and $250 for the third (this means if you have a card with all three numbers you would win $500!)
  • There are games that pay from $250 to $1,199. These are becoming more popular. Some have 4 or 5 bingo numbers on it and if you “daub 4” or get all 5 for a bingo, you call bingo and win ALL the money!
    Most places also play a 3-on or 5-on strip game. You need a line bingo (three numbers in a row) on each of the 3 or 5 cards. These cost $3 or $5 but have numbers on all cards. You win $300 or $500 on these type of games.
  • You need to get to the establishment to play by the time the main games begin. Most do not allow you to buy half packets and usually you must play the main games before they allow you to play the late bird games. Each place has a minimum buy-in requirement.
  • Yell your bingo LOUD. Once the caller begins to call the next number, that number becomes the last number called. The last number called must be part of the bingo you win on. If you miss a bingo, they give you no breaks!

I hope this helps you. Have a great time! If you can think of topics I have not covered or can explain it better, email me with your suggestions at

*This information is meant to be general. Each establishment has their own rules and guidelines. You can’t win if you don’t play, but you can lose if you do! Play responsibly.