There have been some pretty interesting and unusual prizes that have been offered for bingo games. One such prize has been a tradition since 1914 and has been going on for over 100 years.
On November 19th 2016, the Saturday before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Danish Society of Dania of California and Nevada offered 60 turkeys as bingo prizes at the Solvang Veterans' Memorial Building in Solvang, California. In recent years, in addition to the 60 turkeys, the prizes included all of the fixings for a Thanksgiving Day meal.
This long-held tradition was started in 1914 by Hejies Minde, of the society as a fundraiser for the organization. It was later taken over in 1937 by the Danish Ladies Aid. The new organization then ran it an additional 50 years until it was continued by the Alpha Pi Charitable Organization that runs it today.
In the first years of the Turkey Bingo event, live turkeys, geese, and ducks were tied up to their necks inside burlap sacks. Today, the prizes offered by El Rancho Marketplace in Valencia are what you’d find in the store, but they’re perfect for the family planning a big holiday meal.
Bingo is a part of many holiday get-togethers across the country. Non-profit organizations and companies have come up with many other interesting ways to use bingo to give away holiday prizes and incentives while allowing customers to have fun.
Giveaways of shopping carts filled with groceries, a gift basket laden with an assortment of fruit, chocolate treats, or a voucher to get a year’s worth of free milk, meat or pizza are just some of the incentives and prizes that are offered to bingo players at these events. Other prize ideas might be an all-expenses paid vacation, free hotel vouchers, a complete day at a full-service spa, cinema tickets or gift certificates or gift cards to area merchants. Other bingo events are used to raise funds for charities such as the Make a Wish Foundation or Habitat for Humanity. Some halls charge admission for bingo players in the form of a new toy to be donated to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots.
One interesting twist that one company came up for its gift exchange was actually a combination of bingo and a white elephant sale. Everyone who attended was to bring a wrapped gift that was placed on a long table. Attendees at the event would all play bingo or other games of chance. When they won they would be able to choose a gift from the table. The winner could unwrap the gift and keep it if they wished. Winners of subsequent games could either choose to pick another wrapped gift from the table or they could decide to exchange the unwrapped gift with something that a previous winner had. The exchange can become rather lively especially if some of the gifts end up being gag gifts.
The nice part of these kinds of holiday games of chance, there’s no minimum bet in order to play. Often players get in for free or pay only a small donation in order to participate.
Online bingo venues also will offer special holiday games and promotions as a way to celebrate the season, too. Look for holiday-themed games and be sure to check out the bingo games, slots, poker and our various promotions here on BingoMania.
Bingo is a game that has fans all around the world. Here in the United States, we have some of the biggest and most luxurious bingo halls. Each is rated by seat, so you know that they are fairly large operations. The prizes offered at these bingo venues can be pretty exciting, too. Here are a few of them you might like!
Foxwoods Resort Casino
This New England casino located in Mashantucket, Connecticut, boasts a luxurious and stylish bingo hall with all of the amenities. Along with having a casino with a world record number of slot machines (7,200), as many as 4,000 players at a time can enjoy the comfort and relaxing atmosphere of this bingo hall. High stakes jackpots can include prizes that top over $100,000.
San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino
This casino, located in Highland, California on the San Manuel Indian reservation offers incredible prizes for players and can seat up to 2,500 players. Some of their popular promotions include their Late Game Jackpot with a $10,000 cash prize and their Do-It-Yourself Jackpot that can go as high as $50,000.
Isleta Casino & Resort
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Isleta Casino and Resort features an adults only bingo hall that can seat up to 2,500 guests. There are multiple bingo sessions with high stakes cash prizes. A $10 buy in for Isleta’s Saturday night sessions can pay up to $1,000 instantly. Entertainment and dining are always close by to the bingo action so you never have to feel like you’re missing out on any of the fun and excitement.
Cherokee Tribal Bingo
The Eastern Band Cherokees have a world class bingo operation located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains in Cherokee, North Carolina. The Cherokee bingo hall can seat up to 2,000 and regularly offers top cash prizes. This venue is very popular with tourists from all over the world.
Penobscot High Stakes Bingo
Located in Indian Island, Maine, Penobscot High Stakes Bingo is a part of the 500 Nations Network of Casinos. The Penobscot Nation has a fully featured casino with seats for up to 1,800 bingo players.
Fort McDowell Casino
Located in Fort McDowell, Arizona, this casino which can seat up to 1,700 hosts more than 30,000 bingo games each year. The casino pays out $14,000,000 annually.
Turning Stone Resort & Casino
In Verona, N.Y. up to 1,400 players can play at the Oneida Indian High Stakes Bingo Hall. This venue has often landed in the top ten of Bingo Manager Magazine's Top 10 Bingo Halls in North America. Their current specials include Double Payout Nights, Triple-Pay Weekends and Birthday Bingo.
Potawatomi Bingo Casino
This casino located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin can accommodate up to just over 1,300 bingo players. Progressive jackpots start at $5,000 and can reach over $15,000 in prizes.
Sycuan Casino & Resort
Established in 1983, this very popular casino and resort located in El Cajon, California can host more than 1,000 bingo enthusiasts at once. There are multiple daily sessions with promos each month, some of which include $100,000 blackout games, as well as evening sessions with low buy-ins. Senior citizens who come to Sycuan Casino qualify for discounts and all players are eligible for $10 birthday coupons. They even feature free breakfast for early bird players!
Oneida Indian Bingo
This bingo hall in Green Bay, Wisconsin seats over 700 bingo players at once. This casino features bingo games that are fast-moving, high stakes bingo with plenty of excitement each night. Players get a chance to win a super jackpot that is worth up to $250,000.
Bingo online can be a great deal of fun for those who play. It can be exciting to win some cash and be able to spend it on things you really want.
For others, however, playing online bingo or any other type of gambling can become overwhelming. Such was the case for a man in the United Kingdom who won the jackpot after placing a £3 bet on Major Millions Dream Bingo just a few days after he lost his stove fitting job.
Like many big winners, he went on a spending spree, first taking his son on a vacation, giving a large sum of cash to a family member, and buying his parents a brand new car along with gifts to other family members.
Friends and family told him that the wisest course of action would be to invest the remaining amount of his winnings by purchasing a home for him and his son. Instead, however, he opted to try and win more money by placing bets in the tens of thousands at the bingo site via his mobile phone.
His luck had taken a turn for the worst and before he knew it he was overdrawn. The result was a depression so deep that he even contemplated suicide.
The amount of money being lost on a daily list was staggering. It finally took an intervention by his father that probably saved his life. It was then that he admitted to his father that he had lost over a quarter of a million in UK pounds (Approximately $315,000.)
The man has agreed to undergo counseling for his gambling addiction and offers advice to others warning about gambling online irresponsibly.
Most people are able to gamble online responsibly with little or no problem. They know their limits and are able to walk away. At BingoMania, we are committed to making sure that visitors to our site gamble responsibly.
We start this by insisting that everyone who plays on BingoMania is at least 18 years of age. Many of our players may have children who are not of legal age to play. We suggest on our page regarding responsible gaming to never leave your computer unattended while you are playing at BingoMania. In order to safeguard your BingoMania account information never use your browser’s save password function and make certain to completely log out after each gaming session.
Playing bingo and other games online is meant to be a form of entertainment. You can keep it entertaining and keep your own best interests in mind by maintaining a sense of self-control. Be aware of what you can responsibly spend when playing online.
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Determining whether or not you might have a gambling addiction takes making an honest assessment of your habits. If you find that the following are true, it’s time to consider that you may have a problem:
Gambling in order to relax or reduce stress, forget worries or manage depression
Losing interest in everything else around you and are singularly focused on gambling or gaming
Gambling more money more often in order to make up for past losses
Lying to family and friends about your gambling habits and getting into arguments about gambling
Borrowing or stealing money in order to keep gambling
Foregoing basic needs in order to continue gambling
Experiencing significant financial problems because of your gambling
There are many organizations that can help individuals who have a gambling addiction. In order to help keep your online gaming a fun activity, you may also contact us at BingoMania’s helpful staff at [email protected] for more information.