GREENE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Greene County deputies served Palace Bingo with a closure order Wednesday morning.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office released a statement that said the forced closure was due to the business’s flagrant and ongoing violations of Amendment 743 after multiple warnings.
Amendment 743 states that “Prizes given by any non-profit organization for the playing of Bingo games shall not exceed $10,000 in cash or gifts of equivalent value during any Bingo session.”
According to the order, Palace Bingo will remain closed until further notice.
“If they are breaking the law and paying out too much then they need to be stopped. But I am disappointed. I hate that, they are so nice here and they help you and walk you too the door and they check your purse to make sure and I am just disappointed. You can eat here and get drinks and have fun,” said 75-year-old Linda Hall. Hall traveled from Northport to Green County to play electronic bingo and was disappointed to hear about the police raid.
Eutaw Mayor Latasha Johnson says she thinks the closure of the Palace could hurt Eutaw and the county economically.
“I really don’t know what to say about the closing of the Palace Bingo, but what I can say is that the bingo funds have truly been a blessing to our county and to the city of Eutaw. That funding has allowed me and my administration to buy much needed equipment that we need for the city of Eutaw,” Johnson said.
Mayor Johnson says every year charity funds from the Greene County bingo operations are distributed to the Greene County Hospital, the sheriff’s office, the Board of Education and to the cities of Eutaw, Forkland and Boligee. According to the order, Palace Bingo will remain closed until further notice.