Great games are ones that aren’t afraid to evolve over time. At Lancaster Bingo Company, we’re always looking for ways to help boost our clients’ games and promotions. Check out some of these ideas below.
Decorate with Christmas trees, manger scenes, Santas, snowmen, etc.
Have your operator dress up as Santa
Put Christmas candy on tables
Send out Christmas cards with coupons
The amount of the prize is determined by under what letter the bingo is called on. For example B would pay $50, I would pay $75, N would pay $150, G would pay $75 and O would pay $50.
Every player receives an envelope at admission. Each envelope contains a coupon for something free such as a drink, dauber, bag of popcorn, one pull tab, twenty pull tabs, a dauber bag, t-shirt, etc. One envelope has a coupon for $500.
Decorate with horns of plenty, turkeys, pilgrims
Give grocery store gift certificates or turkeys as door prizes
Have a canned-food drive all month
One frozen turkey, ten bowling pins, enough said.
Workers and operator dress up in clothes from the chosen country
Decorate for the chosen country
Snack bar has food from the chosen country
Give away dinners from a restaurant serving food native to the chose country
Decorate with pumpkins, ghosts, witches, etc.
Place Halloween candy on the tables in Halloween cups
Host a Halloween costume contest
Workers and operator dress up
Old Movie Night
Workers and operator dress up
Decorate with old movie posters
Players dress up as a favorite old movie star
Hold a contest for best costume
Guess my Weight
During the fall season have a huge pumpkin and everyone gets a chance to guess the weight every time they come in. The winner will be the one closest without going over the weight. Have it weighed in pounds and ounces.
Decorate in autumn colors
Workers wear coveralls and hard hats
Beat the Clock
Similar to Pull Tab Frenzy where two players get to open tickets. The player who opens the most tickets or the player with the largest amount of winnings gets an additional prize.
Workers and operator dress in western clothes
Hold a contest for best dressed
Teach players the two-step then have a dance off
Give away dinners at nice steakhouses
Give away Stetson cowboy hats and western clothes
Add’Em up Games
Incorporate within your game format or bingo program an Add’Em Up Letter “X” which will pay from $252 to $356 with an average of $300. Add’Em Up Outside Picture Frame will pay from $519 to $691. This will add variety and constant change to a given game. Players already know they have won but there is added suspense not knowing how much they have won until you announce the total.
Fourth of July
Decorate in red, white and blue
Put up flags
Give away summer stuff like lawn furniture, coolers, grills, fireworks, etc.
Clear Jar Guessing Game
Put money in a clear jar and have players guess how much is in it. This can be seasonal with jelly beans for Easter, Red Hots for the fourth of July, Indian corn for the fall, peppermint sticks for Christmas, etc. This promotion works best if you do over a length of time. Every time a player is there they get one guess. The player who guesses the closest without going over wins.
Give away a charcoal grill, tools, lawn furniture, etc.
Give away dinners to steakhouses
Plan a progressive jackpot. Since most papers have three rows plan for three separate progressive jackpots. This will keep at least one jackpot at 56 numbers or more.
500 Mile Race Day
Decorate with checkered flags and race cars
Give away Indianapolis speedway items
Give away black and white jewelry
Bring a Friend Night
Offer half-priced games for players who bring a friend.
Give cash prizes for the oldest mom, the youngest, the one with the most children, the most grandchildren, etc.
Easter Egg Hunt
Hide twelve eggs around the bingo hall. Have three players drawn from the door prize tickets to hunt for the eggs. One egg will have a big prize.
St. Patrick's Day
Decorate in green with shamrocks and leprechauns
Play tickets with emeralds, shamrocks or pots of gold on them
Encourage all players to wear green clothing
Hide a pot filled with gold chocolate coins or real coins somewhere in the hall. Have three players drawn from the door prize to hunt for the pot o' gold!
Serve potatoes, cabbage and corned beef
A lot of people may be walking out of your bingo game a loser. If you sell merchandise games, this will help more people walk out with something in their hands. Not all merchandise players are pull tab players.
Before the bingo players arrive to play bingo, ask a new volunteer to pick a chair and give them an envelope with money in it to put under the seat of the chair.
Being that the volunteer is new, they will not know where people customarily sit so their choice will be completely random.
Have the volunteer pay the patron whatever cash prize was decided upon.
Decorate in red with hearts everywhere!
Giveaway a "sweetheart" trip to Florida, or a nearby bed & breakfast.
Put candy on the tables.
Recognize the players who have been married for 10 and 25-plus years by having them come forward.
Decorate the hall with gourds, turkeys and pilgrims
Give grocery store gift cards or turkeys as door prizes
Trash to Treasure
Set up a small trash can where players can drop in their losing tickets with their name on it. Collect the losing tickets for a number of sessions.
On the predetermined bingo session draw 5 to 10 tickets and give out cash prizes.
The winners must be present that night to win. This promotion attracts the ticket buyers and is an excellent promotion to have drawn on the third week of the month.
Pick one (or two) bingo games off of the program and announce that you're playing 10X Pay. Whatever number the player Bingo's on, they win 10 times that number.
Fifty Cent Night
Charge 50¢ per face on paper packages
Run 50¢ instants and seal games
charge 50¢ for all concessions
It gives you a brief moment to personally congratulate players to thank them for coming to your bingo hall. The player will appreciate the recognition that you personally give them. Give every bingo player a dauber. Put door prizes in the cap, like soft drink companies do.
Taking Out the Trash Night
Operator gets 7 to 10 paper bags and fills them with daubers, instants, coupons and small prizes. Draw tallies from the door and have those players come up and pick a prize out of the brown bag.
Always pay the seal winners in small bills. The more small bills you have on the floor, the faster the players will turn them.
“Super size” your bingo specials, bingo packages and Bonanzas!
Encourage your players to wear a hat to the next bingo session. Have a contest for the best hat.
Workers and operator dress in grass skirts and leis, Hawaiian shirts and straw hats
Teach players to hula and have a content
Have a limbo contest
Give leis to each player and greet them with Aloha
Serve beverages with umbrella straws
Decorate with coconuts and leis and hibiscus flowers
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