MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Bingo lovers in the town of Carmel, rejoice! The jackpots you could win at your local bingo games are about to get much larger.

At the request of the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of the Lakes Council 6318, in the hamlet of Carmel, which holds fundraising bingo events throughout the year, the Town Board was expected to hold a public hearing Wednesday (March 28) on changing local law to allow for bigger bingo payouts.

Robert Firriolo, grand knight of the council, wrote to Supervisor Ken Schmitt saying town laws governing bingo were “antiquated and in need of immediate revision.”

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Chapter 52 of the town code regulates bingo games and currently states that no prize can exceed $250 in any single game and no series of prizes shall aggregate more than $1,000.

“The provisions were adopted in 1972—46 years ago—and are unrealistic and impractical given the inflation rate,” Firriolo wrote.

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