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Letter: Decision to end Bingo games wasn’t easy

Editor, Gazette-Journal: The decision to close the Piankatank Ruritan Bingo game was not made lightly nor in haste but out of necessity. When I first discussed reviving Bingo at the club, many of the members warned me that the demographics of bingo in Mathews County had shifted since it was last held in the early 2000s. I said “let’s just give it a shot and see what happens. We already have the equipment all we need is to buy the supplies and make sure the equipment works and get our license.” Our first game was May 23 and it was a disaster in regard to the calling and the equipment but we had a good turnout. The next few sessions had their issues too—TV monitors not working, board not displaying the called numbers, caller not consistent and lots of mistakes. We never saw player count above 48 and that was on the first night. As time went on, the number of players was getting fewer and fewer. Our last game on Jan. 9 had just 14 players. We had gross receipts of $1,524, total expense ...

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