Punch boards and pull-tabs (charitable or nonprofit)
Who can apply for a punch board or pull-tab license
If you are a bona fide charitable or nonprofit organization, you may apply to offer punch board and pull-tab games.
Learn more about our licensing requirements for charitable or nonprofit organizations.
About punch boards and pull-tabs
A punch board is a board with a number of openings of uniform size in which the manufacturer placed, at random, slips of paper, or other substances (punches) imprinted with numbers or symbols
- A flare (face sheet) covers the openings and sets out the winning numbers or symbols and which prizes players may win
- The punches have specific serial numbers assigned and printed on them
- After buying a punch, a player may select and remove the punch from the opening of the punch board
- If the number on the selected punch matches the flare, the player wins the specified prize.
A pull-tab is either:
- A single folded tab that conceals number(s) or symbol(s) from view
- A banded tab that conceals number(s) or symbol(s) from view
- A card with the face covered by perforated window(s) or otherwise hidden to conceal number(s) or symbol(s) from view.
Some of the number(s) in each series of pull-tabs have been selected in advance and at random as prize winners. After they buy a pull-tab, a player opens the pull-tab and, if the numbers or symbols on the pull-tab match the flare, the player wins the prize.
Tips for punch board and pull-tab operators
We've compiled a list of helpful information for punch board and pull-tab operators based on questions we often get.
How to apply
In addition to all the materials outlined in our licensing process, the complete application includes:
- Punch Board / Pull-Tab - Charitable / Nonprofit Organization Application Packet (PDF, 600 KB)
- Application fee
Current licensees: Add punch boards and pull-tabs to your existing gambling license
If you already have an active gambling license with us and would like to add punch boards or pull-tabs as a new activity, complete the "Add an Activity" application.
If applying by mail
If you're applying by mail, make sure you use the correct address based on the carrier you're using.
For US Mail (No UPS or FedEx)
Washington State Gambling Commission
PO Box 42400
Olympia WA 98504-2400
For UPS, FedEx, and overnight packages
Washington State Gambling Commission
4565 7th Avenue SE
Lacey WA 98503
After we grant your license, you have 30 days to complete your required training:
- Review all the rules for all licensees: 230-06 Rules for all licensees (app.leg.wa.gov)
- Review all the rules for charitable and nonprofit organizations: 230-07 Charitable and nonprofit rules (apps.leg.wa.gov)
- Review all the rules for punch boards and pull-tabs: 230-14 Punch board and pull-tab rules (app.leg.wa.gov)
- Watch the Case of the Misplaced Trust Video, Part 1 (www.youtube.com)
- Watch the Case of the Misplaced Trust Video, Part 2 (www.youtube.com).
- Learn what would be considered criminal violations (PDF, 25 KB)
Highest-ranking officer training
In addition to the above training for your activity, you must also review the following:
- Charitable / Nonprofit Gambling – Responsibilities of Officers and Board Members Video, Part 1 (www.youtube.com)
- Charitable / Nonprofit Gambling – Responsibilities of Officers and Board Members Video, Part 2 (www.youtube.com)
- Management Guidelines for the Charitable / Nonprofit Gambling Licensee (PDF, 550 KB)
You must keep records to provide in case we audit your business. You must complete the records within 30 days at the end of each month. The following handout is a recordkeeping requirement for your activity:
Retaining your records
You must retain the records for 3 years from the end of your fiscal year.
Renewing your license
Licenses expire each year. Learn more about how to renew your license.
Reporting changes to your license
There are certain changes you must tell us about. Learn how to report changes to your license.