A new state law now in effect would ban anyone under 18 years-old from playing bingo. Before the new law, there was no age limit for children to join in on the game as long as they were with a parent or guardian.

According to syracuse.com, the New York State Gaming Commission updated the law to keep in line with other legal forms of gambling. The change to the law comes in an effort to raise the age of legal gambling in the state.

Minors can still attend Bingo games, but cannot participate, and they still must be accompanied by an adult.

A second part of the law increases the maximum single bingo prize payout from $1,000 to $5,000. This will help organizations that host bingo events to raise more money, according to Governor Cuomo's office.

The new law took effect on Sunday, July 9th.

Find changes to the Charitable Gaming and Bingo Law at this link on the New York State Gaming Commission website.

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