Bingo for cash prizes offered twice each month

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Maricopa Seniors, Inc. offers local residents and their friends an opportunity for fun and cash prizes during Bingo sessions held twice each month at the Villages clubhouse.

On the first Monday morning of each month the doors open at 10 a.m. with the first game called at 10:20 a.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the first Thursday session, with play beginning at 6:20 p.m. This month’s sessions will be held on Jan. 3 and Jan. 6.

An average game takes about 10 minutes before a winner is declared. The entire session lasts about two hours.

Admission is $10 per person, and additional games may be purchased at the door.

Seating is limited to 40 individuals, and a minimum of 10 players is needed to avoid cancellation. Bingo is open to anyone age 18 or older.
 
“So far, we’ve had 30 people, combined, at our first two sessions, and we’ve given away $253 in prize money,” said Peggy Chapados, Maricopa Seniors bingo organizer.

The group’s jackpots are calculated using a 60 percent/40 percent split, based on the number of attendees. The more people who play and the more extra games purchased, the higher the jackpots.

The last game, called Double Action is a cover all, meaning all the squares have to be filled. The winner or winners receive 50 percent of the income from the sales of just this game.
 
“Bingo is a great and inexpensive way to enjoy oneself and help support the worthy causes of Maricopa Seniors, Inc.,” Chapados said. The group’s projects include the Infinity Card, Call for Help pendants, the annual Home & Garden Expo and various health and wellness series for seniors.

Advance registration is required at maricopaseniors@hotmail.com or by contacting Therese Starkey at 520-568-8945 or theresestarkey1@msn.com to reserve your Bingo seat.

If you go:
What:
Maricopa Seniors, Inc. twice monthly Bingo
When: First Monday each month at 10 a.m.; first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
Where:  Villages clubhouse, 20991 N. Butterfield Pkwy.
Cost: $10 per person (additional games may be purchased)

Photo by Joyce Hollis

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