RD468 - Annual Report on the Charitable Gaming Activities of The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for Fiscal Year 2022 – October 1, 2022

Executive Summary:

The Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is tasked, in part, with licensing, training, inspecting, auditing, and conducting financial reviews of charitable gaming organizations and suppliers, manufacturers of electronic pull-tab systems, and network bingo providers and registering and training personnel involved in charitable gaming in the Commonwealth.

Information in this report includes the number of charitable gaming licenses and registrations issued by OCRP as well as the number of charitable gaming on-site inspections, training sessions, investigations, audits, and financial reviews conducted by staff.

During fiscal year (FY) 2022, OCRP issued 420 charitable gaming licenses to organizations, an increase of 187 licenses from the total issued in FY 2021. Certain licensed organizations are required to report on their charitable gaming activities on a calendar year basis. During calendar year 2021, these organizations reported approximately $233.7 million in gross sales, an increase of approximately $135 million from 2020. The amount that organizations donated for charitable, community, educational, or religious purposes increased by approximately $4.3 million, from $16.5 million in calendar year 2020 to $20.8 million in calendar year 2021. The aggregate use of proceeds decreased from 12.2 percent in calendar year 2020 to 8.9 percent in calendar year 2021, as organizations recovering from the pandemic sought to attract returning players.

OCRP collected more than $3.29 million in charitable gaming fees, which were deposited into the Commonwealth’s general fund.