Gaming Commission

Bell Jar - Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What additional license fees must I pay in order to sell bell jar tickets?

Five percent (5%) of the "Ideal Net Proceeds"

Q2: What are ideal net proceeds?

Ideal net proceedsmeans the difference between the ideal handle for a deal of bell jar tickets, minus the amount paid out in total prizes for that deal; minus the purchase price to the licensee of the bell jar deal, coin board, merchandise board or seal card; and minus the dollar amount of unsold tickets, if any.

Q3: When can a bell jar deal be taken out of circulation (play)?

A bell jar deal can be taken out of play when either seventy-five percent (75%) of the total winning prizes have been awarded or when all of the tickets have been sold.

Q4: What if the end of the quarter arrives and I have only sold a partial deal.

Only report the sale of a deal in the quarter in which it has been completely sold or removed from sale (a deal may be removed from sale after 75% of the prizes have been awarded). If by chance there are no complete deals to be reported, you will still need to file a report. In that case, the back would be blank and there would be all zeros on sections A and B, with the remainder of the form completed.

Q5: To whom do I pay the additional license fee? When do we pay the fee?

Checks are to be made payable to the Racing and Wagering Board Bell Jar Collection Account. These fees are to be paid quarterly and are due 15 days after the close of the quarter. If more than one quarter’s additional license fee is paid at the same time, please write a separate check for each quarter.

Q6: What forms are filed with the Racing and Wagering Board?

Only the newly revised GC-7Q quarterly financial statement.

Q7: What forms are filed with the municipal clerks?

The licensing forms GC-2, 2A, 2B (and GC-6 when applicable).

Q8: Do I make any payments to the county clerks?

No.Your bell jar license fee of $25.00 is still remitted to the local municipal clerk where the organization is located.

Q9: We used to sell bell jar tickets, but have not sold a ticket for a year. How do we become reauthorized to sell bell jar tickets?

When there has been no activity for twelve months, the organization must update their original Games of Chance identification number. To do this, they must write to the NYS Racing and Wagering Board and request a copy of form GC-1A Enclose a copy of the organization's current membership list when you return the updated GC-1A form.

Q10: From whom can I order bell jar tickets?

Under the new law, bell jar tickets cannot be purchased directly from a Games of Chance Manufacturing Company. Tickets can only be ordered from a licensed Games of Chance supplier.

Q11: When and where can bell jar tickets be sold?

Bell Jar tickets can be sold twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, excluding Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. Bell Jar tickets can only be sold on the premises of the licensed authorized organization as well as during the organization’s licensed bingo occasion and games of chance licensed period.

Q12: Who can sell bell jar tickets? Can a non-member sell bell jar tickets?

Only bona-fide active members of the licensed authorized organization. No, non-members cannot sell tickets.

Q13: What are the penalties for selling unauthorized bell jar tickets?

It is a Class A misdemeanor criminal offense. In addition, an organization caught selling unauthorized bell jar tickets may be fined up to $1,000 and may have their Games of Chance License suspended or revoked.

Q14: Is an organization required to load an entire deal of bell jar tickets into a bell jar vending machine?

No. There is no rule or regulation prohibiting it.