The history of the cow bingo ban revealed by the Supremo game – the royal gazette
Created: Jan 08, 2022 07:51
Bermuda’s game watchdog previously tried to ban ‘Cow Plop Drop Bingo’ in Ontario (file photo)
The Bermuda watchdog admitted to garnering global media attention when it tried to ban a game of chance called “Cow Plop Drop Bingo” in Canada.
Jean Major said the event, also known as “Cow Patty Bingo“, involved a field divided into numbered squares, with the cattle herded.
If a cow defecated in a square, the person who bought a ticket to the plot won the cash prize.
Mr Major said: “I had just started this job as the lottery manager. The integrity of the games is important, as is good taste.
“There was a lottery that had been going on in Ontario for quite some time and my job was to make sure that the law was followed and that these factors of good taste and integrity were maintained.
“So they had this lottery called Cow Patty Bingo. Now I was a city boy so I had never seen Cow Patty Bingo in Toronto.
“But apparently in rural parts of the province it was a big deal.”
Mr Major, managing director of the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission, told the story in a recent interview with business leaders about the possibility of an expansion in the use of lotteries on the island.
He said he tried to ban Cow Patty Bingo in 1990, but gave in after a public backlash.
Mr Major said: “We had a legal opinion, which I found really funny, because it talked about the possibility that the stool of a bovine could be handled in this way.
“I had no idea I was destroying the social fabric of rural Ontario at the time by banning this event.
“Politics made the headlines of the Toronto Star and I had international interviews from Australia, Japan, England and the United States and all over.
“Everyone was looking for Jean Major and I kept saying, ‘I don’t know where she went’.”
Mr. Major added, “I am pleased to report that after two or three torturous months of political haranguing, we have made Cow Patty Bingo legal in Ontario.
He told the meeting, “If you’re ever in Ontario I’ll take you to an event if you want to. “
Mr Major said a chicken could be replaced by a cow in variations of the game being played across Canada – but joked that he was not recommending the idea for Bermuda.
Jean Major, Managing Director of the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission
The commission is in talks with the government on whether to update the legislation to allow charities and philanthropies to make greater use of lotteries to help raise funds.