Video bingo opening here; revenue to local charities
For the first time, Evangeline Parish and the surrounding area will have fundraising opportunities available to charities and nonprofit organizations every week.
Opening Friday, October 10, the new Video Bingo, located off of Main Street in Ville Platte, will be a center of family entertainment and a benefit for local charities. This new attraction will provide call bingo, twice a day, for ages 10 and up, as well as 35 video bingo machines for ages, 18 and older.
“This will be a great boon to local charities in the area, and the most important thing for people to realize is this is not gaming. Video bingo will provide inexpensive, clean fun with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofits and going towards machine rental and maintenance,” said owner, Jay Aswell.
The Louisiana Department of Revenue, Office of Charitable Gaming, which licenses, monitors and regulates the industry in the state, defines this legal practice of charitable gaming as non-profit organizations raising funds through games of chance where all net proceeds are contributed to bona fide charitable causes. Video Bingo is licensed and regulated by this organization with all of the proceeds of live call bingo and 45 percent of video bingo revenue going to the participating charities. The other portion of the video bingo revenue will go straight to the distributor of the machines.
“We are very excited about the charities that have already signed up to benefit from Video Bingo, including the Lions Club of Ville Platte and the Knights of Columbus, Pine Prairie. However, we are still inviting more nonprofit organizations to become involved to help the underserved in our community,” said Aswell.
“The city embraces and encourages residents to support this attraction, which will encourage visitors to Ville Platte and provide assistance to our local charities. People from all over the parish and surrounding area will be able to find entertainment in our city, which will also draw these visitors to patronize our restaurants, retail and other local businesses, boosting the economy,” said Bill Jeanmard, mayor of Ville Platte. “We have many people traveling outside of the parish to play bingo, and hopefully, with the price of gas and the dangers of traveling on the road, people will stay in the community.”
Video Bingo will open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday through Sunday with call bingo offered at 2 and 7 p.m. Patrons can enjoy four different games on the video bingo machines at 25-cents a play.
Call bingo is available for only $1 and $5 for a 10-game packet. Light refreshments will be available, and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. For more information about Video Bingo or signing up your charitable organization, call Jay Aswell at 363-7900.