Minnesotans Play ‘Cow Plop Bingo’

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WELLS, Minn., Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Minnesota city said its “cow plop bingo” event, a licensed form of charitable gambling in the state, raised about $2,000.

The Wells Chamber of Commerce said it made about $1,000 from the event last week while the Kiester Civic and Commerce Association, which sponsored the fifth annual bingo game, raised the same amount, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday.

Cow plop bingo, known as “Cow-a-bunga” to the Minnesota Gambling Control board, involves players purchasing raffle tickets and then waiting for a cow to place its droppings in grid square corresponding to a raffle ticket number.

“I never thought I would see the day we had a cow pooping to determine a winning raffle entry,” said Tom Barrett, executive director of the Gambling Control Board. “But it is Minnesota and we do what we can to have fun and still keep the game above board — or in this case, on the grid!”

Andrea Neubauer, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said event organizers made sure the cows were well fed this year after last year’s event was nearly ruined by cows who spent three hours walking around without defecating.

“We basically had to draw names from a hat,” Neubauer said.

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