Newsletter - Membership Meeting and Industry Updates
Cents” By Wayne V. DeLuca, Counsel for
PAMMA - March
Small Games of Chance—Distributing Luck & Hitting
Community Home Runs
The Local Option Small Games of Chance Act, as
The Pennsylvania Legislature recently amended the “Local Option
Small Games of Chance Act.” In doing so, the General Assembly declared that
playing games of chance is in the public interest and, accordingly, every
eligible organization, to which a license has been issued, may conduct games of
chance in order to raise funds for “public interest purposes.”
You may be thinking, “Exactly what is an ‘eligible
organization’?”’ Or, just as importantly, “What constitutes a ‘public interest
purpose’?” The Act defines “eligible organization” as each of the following: (1)
Charitable Organization; (2) Religious Organization; (3) Fraternal Organization;
(4) Veteran’s Organization; (5) Club; (6) Civic and Service Organization; and,
(7) Auxiliary Group(s). Also, it defines “public interest purpose” as: (1) an
activity/operation of a “nonprofit benevolent, religious, educational,
philanthropic, humane, scientific, patriotic, social welfare, social advocacy,
public health, public safety, emergency response, environmental or civil
objective;” (2) fostering public works or erection or maintenance of public
structures; (3) lessening the burdens borne by government; and, (4) improving,
expanding, maintaining or repairing real property owned or leased by an eligible
The Amendment specifically states that no less than 70% of the
proceeds shall be paid to organizations for public interest purposes in the
calendar year in which the proceeds were obtained, unless the funds are being
retained for a substantial purchase or project.
Until further regulations that set forth more specificity are
enacted and adopted, eligible organizations (clubs) are free to continue
donating proceeds to their chosen organizations. So, for those eligible
organizations that have been using their proceeds to sponsor their favorite
local Little League Team, or Softball Team in the past, don’t be deterred from
continuing to do so merely as a result of this recent Amendment. Those
sponsorship costs can be paid from the 70% designated for “public interest
purpose.” With some luck, the club’s sponsorship of local teams will hit a
community home run!
Results from the 5th Annual PAMMA Dart Tournament!
Waiting to Shoot! - Hotel Carlisle, Carlisle, PA
Thank you to all who attended and participated in this year's tournament held at the Hotel Carlisle, in central Pennsylvania. A total of 9 teams in women's, men's, pro doubles, mixed triples and more with 434 players competing to win the $11,000 guaranteed payout during the three day event. Click here for the complete list of winners and teams.
The Pennsylvania Amusement and Music Machine Association holds this tournament as a fund raising event in conjunction with sponsorships from Arachnid, Betson Pittsburgh Dist. and Betson Philadelphia Dist. Proceeds benefit the state association that represents the many coin machine operators in Pennsylvania. For more information about PAMMA and becoming a member call 1-800-521-7778.
PAMMA's Legislative Reception was a huge success - As Always!
The Pennsylvania Amusement and Music Machine Association hosted another successful social evening with members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on April 26th of this year. At the beginning of every two year session, PAMMA’s Board of Directors invites state legislators to spend an evening at the Harrisburg Hilton to mingle with operators and play some coin operated amusement equipment. 69 members of the House and 5 members of the Senate attended this year’s event.
Two of the most popular machines of the night are always the cranes - one holding stuffed donkeys and the other filled with stuffed elephants. Although most legislators claim they are only getting them for their kids and grand kids, many of the animals are found on the desks of House and Senate members the following week!
Lou Larson, PAMMA’s Vice President, once again brought in all of the equipment from Betson Distributors of Pittsburgh. Lou and his company have been furnishing the games for the receptions for over 15 years. Thank you to everyone who stopped by. Click here for more photos.