2021 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 60 - Business Licenses
Article 2F - New Mexico Bingo and Raffle
Section 60-2F-18 - Conduct of games of chance.
A. For games of bingo:
(1) a bingo licensee may hold, operate or conduct no more than two hundred sixty occasions in any twelve-month period;
(2) occasions shall not be conducted more than six times in any one calendar week, with no occasion lasting more than four hours and not more than three occasions conducted in one calendar day by any one licensee;
(3) when any merchandise prize is awarded in a bingo game, its value shall be its current retail price. No merchandise prize shall be redeemable or convertible into cash;
(4) the aggregate amount of all prizes offered or given in all bingo games played on a single occasion shall not exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), exclusive of pull-tabs, raffles and door prizes;
(5) all objects or balls to be used in a game shall be present in the receptacle before the game is begun. All numbers announced shall be plainly and clearly audible to all the players present. Where more than one room is used for any one game, the receptacle and the bingo caller shall be present in the room where the greatest number of players are present, and all numbers announced shall be plainly audible to the players in that room and also audible to the players in the other rooms;
(6) the receptacle and the bingo caller who removes the objects or balls from the receptacle shall be visible to all the players at all times except where more than one room is used for any one game, in which case the provisions of Paragraph (5) of this subsection shall prevail;
(7) the particular arrangement of numbers required to be covered in order to win the game and the amount of the prize shall be clearly and audibly described and announced to the players immediately before each game is begun;
(8) any player is entitled to call for a verification of all numbers drawn at the time a winner is determined and for a verification of the objects or balls remaining in the receptacle and not yet drawn. The verification shall be made in the immediate presence of the bingo manager; and
(9) no person who is not physically present on the premises where the game is actually conducted shall be allowed to participate as a player in the game.
B. For a raffle:
(1) all raffle tickets sold shall be represented in the container from which the winner is drawn;
(2) the drawing shall be open to the public;
(3) each raffle ticket shall display all information as directed by the board; and
(4) when any merchandise prize is awarded in a raffle, its value shall be its current retail price. No merchandise prize shall be redeemable or convertible into cash.
C. For games of pull-tabs:
(1) pull-tabs shall be sold only on the premises;
(2) winners shall be paid only on the premises; and
(3) when any merchandise prize is awarded in a pull-tab game, its value shall be its current retail price. No merchandise prize shall be redeemable or convertible into cash.
History: Laws 2009, ch. 81, § 18.ANNOTATIONS
Effective dates. — Laws 2009, ch. 81, § 31 made the act effective July 1, 2009.