Jacob Lane · Wednesday, April 12, 2017
More than 50 community members made it out for Bingo on Thursday, April 7, organized by the Sons of the American Legion.

The Sons have begun holding Bingo night’s every first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the West Liberty Community Center.

“We’ve been doing bingo at the fair every year,” said Son’s Commander Richard Lovetinsky. “Since we already had the equipment we though we could provide it as a community service.”

The Sons have taken their bingo expertise, showcased throughout the week of the Muscatine County Fair ever year, and made it more openly available.

Community members buy a set of 16 Bingo cards and, for two hours, make their way through the stack number by number. Winners receive cash prizes.

The actual bingo cards are made of paper this time around, and participants use dabbers to stamp off the correct numbers.

Each round of bingo has different requirements, from making arrows, crosses and other shapes on the card to the big finale blackout round.

Each round results in one lucky winner yelling Bingo out into the crowd, after which they’re quickly checked by the Sons to ensure authenticity.

“It’s been pretty good, this is our fourth time doing it and more and more people keep coming out,” says Lovetinsky. “The payout is 75 percent of what we take in.”

The actual payout is determined by the number of players, which has doubled just about every week since the Sons began doing bingo last month.

Actually, bingo has really taken off here in West Liberty.

“It’s supposed to be kind-of a money making project for us, but mostly it’s a community service,” adds Lovetinsky. “The people have fun.”

It cost $6 to purchase a set of 16 bingo boards, though participants are not only limited to one. Meanwhile, food is available for purchase from the Community Center.

The Sons of the American Legion will be holding their next Bingo Night on Thursday, April 20, 6-8 p.m. If you can come by, you’ll have some fun and make the payout even bigger!
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