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  1. 1. CHARITABLEGAMING HIGHLIGHT$V O L U M E 2 4 , I S S U E 1J A N 2 0 1 1Oviedo Named Charitable Gaming Deputy CommissionerDe pa rtmen t ofCommunity Healthand had been apersonnel specialistw i t h t h eDepartments ofCommunity Health,Labor and EconomicGrowth, and Corrections.The Charitable Gaming Division isresponsible for the licensing, administrationand regulation of gaming activities for non-profit and fraternal organizations inMichigan. In fiscal year 2010, charitiesgenerated $73.9 million for good causesthrough activities under the oversight of theCharitable Gaming Division.Kathie Oviedo was named DeputyCommissioner of Charitable Gaming byLottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen.Oviedo will replace Michael Petersen, whoretired January 1, 2011."We are pleased to be bringing Kathie intothe Charitable Gaming family," Bowen said."Her experience with numerous statedepartments, familiarity with state policiesand procedures, and management style willlend themselves well to the multi-tasking thatis necessary to effectively direct theCharitable Gaming Division."Oviedo had been the director of humanresources for the Michigan Lottery since fallof 2006. Prior to that, she was the actingmanager of human resources with theMoratorium: Millionaire PartyLocations and SuppliersDue to the increase in the number ofrequests for millionaire party licenses, theBureau under authority of the Act and ruleshas determined that it is not in the bestinterest of the public welfare to further expandthe millionaire party program at this time. As aresult, the commissioner has issued adirective that provides for a moratorium onissuing supplier licenses to new applicantsand issuing a gaming license to an applicantwho proposes to conduct a millionaire party ata location that is not actively on file with theBureau as of January 7, 2011. A copy of theofficial letter can be found atwww.michigan.gov/cg.New Gaming AuditorWe are pleased toannounce theaddition of a newmember to our team.Our new auditor,Teresa DeRoche,b rin gs va lu a b leexperience from otherstate agencies to theCharitable GamingDivision. Since 1994, Teresa has worked forthe Department of Human Services, FamilyIndependence Agency, and the MichiganJobs Commission. She also was a seniorauditor at Central Michigan University.
  2. 2. CHARITABLEGAMING HIGHLIGHT$-2-V O L U M E 2 4 , I S S U E 1Total copies printed: 6,000; Total cost: $2,589.20; cost per copy: $0.432.All inquiries may be directed to:Michigan LotteryCharitable Gaming DivisionP.O. Box 30023Lansing, MI 48909Phone: 517-335-5780www.michigan.gov/cgM. Scott Bowen........................... CommissionerKathie Oviedo.................Deputy CommissionerCharitable GamingEditor ..........................................Lorrie DundonContributing Writers ...........Abby Harvey, ToddGardnerHIGHLIGHT$ is an official publication of the Michigan Lottery, Charitable Gaming Division. Articlesfrom HIGHLIGHT$ may be reprinted with prior approval of the Michigan Lottery.Seasonal Tickets ReleasedGet ready to cross the finish linewith quick profits from this ticket.With only 1,600 tickets in a boxand three top prizes of $200each, players will blow througheach deal. This racing themedticket will be available only for alimited time.This bingo ticket features wintergraphics, yet plays exactly likeLucky Bingo Balls. It’s the best ofboth worlds! Your players get toplay their favorite ticket with coolgraphics and your organizationgets a ticket that requires notraining. Now with easier to readnumbers.This 50-cent ticket is designed tomove quickly and accomplishyour mission to maximize ticketsales. Marines is the first in aseries that will be released inhonor of various branches of ourmilitary.The Annual Reportfor FY 2010 is nowavailable on ourwebsite atwww.michigan.gov/cg.
  3. 3. -3-Linked Bingo Game Pays $25,000+One lucky lady playing bingo at the Wayne Ford CivicLeague in Westland received an early Christmas gift,taking home a prize of $26,374. On December 6, MaryFrancis Meredith achieved a coverall in an amazing 43numbers to win the guaranteed prize of $25,000 plus aprogressive prize offered during the Super Blackout MultiWin Linked Bingo Game.Raffle Pays $775,000AGrafton man won $775,000 in a progressive“Jack of Spades” raffle held by the CarletonRotary Club every Friday night at the Grafton Inn inCarleton since it began on August 21, 2009. Everyweek there was a drawing and a winner but the bigjackpot prize could only be won if the winner chosethe correct envelope containing the Jack ofSpades. On August 13, 2010, the correct envelopewas chosen and the jackpot was finally won. Thecharity had a net profit of $307,000.Bingo Licensee Offers Every Charity Game Ticket AvailableThe District 9 Little League at Britteny Hall in Wyoming has been known for offering every charity gameticket available, including the higher-priced tickets traditionally offered by veteran and fraternal clubs.Chairman, John Edgerle says, “Some of the tickets are slow moving but we feel that they still add to sales.It is also important to display what you sell. The unit we built allows us to display all of the tickets we sell aswell as protecting the cash and tickets. We also display the tickets we sell on the wall behind us so all in allwe have a minimum of four signs for every ticket we sell. The selection and displays have a „wow‟ factorand we believe it allows us to sell a large amount of tickets each week. Inventory is another subject toconsider. We try to make sure we have enough tickets on hand so that we do not run out of tickets if we geta large crowd. It is especially important to have enough Lucky Bingo Balls, Beat the Odds, and Bingo Bugson hand. We sell tickets until the next to the last bingo game.”
  4. 4. CHARITABLEGAMING HIGHLIGHT$-4-V O L U M E 2 4 , I S S U E 1Update: Smoke Free Air ActThe Smoke Free Air Act of Michigan went intoeffect May 1, 2010, making smoking illegalin all public locations, with a few exceptions.Smoking rooms already in existence were able tocontinue to allow smoking on site. Casinos, bars,and restaurants on tribal land that are owned andoperated by Native American tribes were notimpacted because they are not governed by statelaw. And purportedly because lawmakers wantedto ensure the tribal-owned casinos did not havean advantage over the non-tribal casinos, theprivate casinos in Detroit were granted exemptionfrom the new smoking ban. Currently, the closestcasino to Detroit is about 130 miles away inStandish.Charitable bingo has seen a 25% decline in bothattendance and ticket sales during the lastquarter of 2010 compared to the same time in2009. Ticket sales at veteran and fraternal clubsplunged 19% during that same time period.Wikipedia reports that as of November 2010,seven states that have smoking bans in allenclosed public places, including bars andrestaurants have included an exemption forveteran and fraternal clubs.While veteran and fraternal clubs in Michigan areup in arms over their losses, veterans at theAmerican Legion Post 444 in Baraga believe theirconstitutional rights were violated and decidedthey have not fought their last battle. After openlydefying the new law, they were ordered to ceasefood operations by the Western Upper PeninsulaHealth Department. They then filed a lawsuitagainst the health department but the judgedismissed the suit stating that administrativeprocedures must be addressed with the healthdepartment before the case can be seen before ajudge.Baraga is on the beautiful Keweenaw Bay, locatedon the L’Anse Federal Indian Reservation with apopulation of less than 1,200. About a mile awayfrom the post is the Keweenaw Bay IndianCommunity’s Ojibwa Casino and its Press BoxSports Bar & Grill. Another bar and grill, alsoexempt from the smoking ban, is less than one-tenth of a mile away.American Legion Post 444 spokesperson, JosephO’Leary, said alcohol sales are down 40% overlast year. According to several reports fromchairpersons and bartenders, when the smokingban first went into effect, members would still visittheir club, have a drink, eat, visit, and play thecharity game tickets. Then they would stepoutside to have a cigarette. More times than not,a member would come back inside after that firstcigarette. Sometimes they would come backinside after the second cigarette. After that, mostwould just leave.Since the winter months have set in, the impact ofthe smoking ban has been devastating. ClubsContinued on next page.Baraga American Legion Post 444
  5. 5. -5-Charitable gaming continues to be a vital part of Michigan’s nonprofitcommunity. In fiscal year 2010, qualified NPOs netted $73.9 million, aloss of nearly $6 million from last year. With the challenges of the economicrecession and cuts in government funding at all levels, it is more importantthan ever that charitable gaming remains healthy in Michigan.The May 1 implementation of the smoking ban was a direct hit to both bingohalls and veteran and fraternal clubs, reducing attendance and, as a result,the sale of charity game tickets which fell by $17 million. Past players arenow choosing to either stay home or venture to casinos which are exemptfrom this law.On a positive note, Millionaire Parties continue to be a profitable source ofrevenue for charities. Revenue increased by almost $20 million from FY 2009 to FY 2010. TexasHold’em Poker is still the main draw for players. As long as the popularity for Texas Hold’em continues,Millionaire Parties should be a lucrative fundraiser for charities.After twenty years of serving the charitable gaming community I am moving on to new challenges. Iwant to thank the staff of the Charitable Gaming Division for all of their dedicated work toward makingthis program the best in the nation. Thank you to all the suppliers, bingo hall owners, and card roomswho help the charities be successful. And to you the volunteers who so unselfishly give of your time, Iwish you only the best. So long and continued success to all of you.Mike Petersen’s FarewellThe Charitable GamingDivision lost twomore staff members toretirement. Equallymissed will be ValJohnson, the InformationM a n a g e m e n t U n i tmanager, who has alsobeen with CharitableGaming for 20 years, andcharitable gaming auditorDave Owen who beganwith the Lottery in 1993as an inspector. Dave isretiring to the south andVal will be focusing hertime locally helpinganimals in crisis.More Retirementsreport that some members will stop by their club for aquick visit but when they have to smoke in their car tostay warm, they usually leave. Many members haven’tbothered showing up at all.Smoking and non-smoking chairpersons agree that intimes like this you have to be resourceful and rethinkhow to do things. Some clubs are taking a proactiveapproach, using this opportunity to attract their non-smoking membership to the clubs with more family-friendly activities. Others have invested in heat lampsor canopies in an attempt to create a comfortableoutdoor space for their smoking members.In the meanwhile, the veterans of Baraga are stayingtrue to their yooper heritage, digging in their heelsduring this bleak, difficult season while the snowbirdsleave. And if the battle is won, they hope that manywill return to enjoy the freedoms for which they fought.
  6. 6. CHARITABLEGAMING HIGHLIGHT$-6-V O L U M E 2 4 , I S S U E 1Administrative ActionLocation Effective DatesMillionaire Party Licenses ReducedMOOSE 2251 WOMEN Sharkies Poker Room 6/23/10 - 12/31/10COMMUNITY RESIDENCE Roundtree Bar & Grill 7/23/10 - 12/31/10CORPORATIONKIWANIS CLUB OF EASTPOINTE Rounders Poker Room 8/13/10 - 12/31/10SEAWAY CHORALE AND Woodhaven Lanes 9/3/10 - 12/31/10ORCHESTRAK OF C 3860 Docs Sports Retreat 11/1/10 - 12/31/11K OF C 492 4TH DEGREE Docs Sports Retreat 11/1/10 - 12/31/11ASSEMBLYHISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES TJs Charity Card Room 11/15/10 - 12/31/10& UNIVERSITY TOUR EXPERIENCE99 SOUTHFIELD WARRIORS Hazel Park Raceway 1/1/11 - 12/31/11BOOSTER CLUB Main Street BilliardsNorthville DownsThe LodgeBEDFORD SENIOR CITIZENS Players Poker Room 1/1/11 - 12/31/11CENTERDUCKS UNLIMITED MILFORD- 5 Star Lanes 1/1/11 - 12/31/11SOUTH LYON CHAPTERK OF C 8274 Mavericks Poker Room 1/1/11 - 12/31/11MOOSE 1670 Snookers 1/1/11 - 12/31/11MOOSE 107 LEGION Palace Card Room 1/1/11 - 12/31/11PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS Fairlanes Bowl 1/1/11 - 12/31/11EASTERN MI REGIONAL COUNCIL 57PLYMOUTH FIGURE SKATING CLUB Docs Sports Retreat 1/1/11 - 12/31/11ST. MALACHY CHURCH MENS Rounders Poker Room 1/1/11 - 12/31/11CLUBST. MARYS ALTAR SOCIETY Luckys Poker Room 1/1/11 - 12/31/11
  7. 7. -7-Administrative ActionCity Effective DatesAll Licenses SuspendedEAGLES 3926 Clawson 7/25/10 - 7/31/10Annual Charity Game Ticket License SuspendedELKS 113 Jackson 9/5/10 - 9/18/10EAGLES 4104 Wayne 9/12/10 - 9/18/10MOOSE 2235 Harrison 9/19/10 - 10/2/10ELKS 1381 Sturgis 11/28/10 - 12/4/10AMERICAN LEGION 295 Breckenridge 12/12/10 - 12/18/10EAGLES 3541 Harrison 12/13/10 - 9/12/11EAGLES 2254 Monroe 1/2/11 - 1/29/11Bingo License SuspendedVFW 4573 AUXILIARY Ishpeming 9/5/10 - 9/11/10AMERICAN LEGION 200 AUXILIARY Taylor 9/19/10 - 10/9/10(2 licenses)KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS 171 Sturgis 11/21/10 - 1/15/11(2 licenses)EAGLES 2254 Monroe 1/2/11 - 1/15/11Supplier License SuspendedMAVERICK GAMING SUPPLY LLC Holt 12/20/10 - 12/26/10(Buddies)1 STOP GAMING SUPPLIES LLC East Lansing 1/6/11 - 1/9/11(Club on the River)Annual Charity Game Ticket License SurrenderedEAGLES 2441 Dowagiac 7/31/10
  8. 8. T E X A S H O L D ’ E M T R A I N I N G M E E T I N G SOrganizations conducting Texas Hold’em are strongly encouraged to attend one of thesessions below. Please check our website (www.michigan.gov/cg) for any updates.March 3, 2011 April 13, 2011 May 17, 20111-3 p.m. 6-8 p.m. 1:30-3:30 p.m.Pampa Lanes VFW 6695 Knights of Columbus31925 Van Dyke 1426 South Mill Road 8428 Davison RoadWarren Plymouth DavisonJune 15, 2011 July 12, 2011 August 17, 20111-3 p.m. 6-8 p.m. 1-3 p.m.Jackpots Hall VFW 5855 American Legion Boat & Canoe Club5443 S. Cedar 8845 Sprinkle Road 401 North Park Street NELansing Portage Grand RapidsSeptember 14, 2011 October 12, 2011 November 30, 20111-3 p.m. 1-3 p.m. 6-8 p.m.American Legion 349 The Big Game Room VFW 30331835 E M-35 1040 E. Sternberg Road 4841 East Pickard RoadLittle Lake Muskegon Mt Pleasant