“Today, Arrow is raising the standard for charity gaming in Ohio.” – Arrow COO John Gallagher III.
March 28, 2022
Cleveland-based Arrow International, Inc. (Arrow), the world’s largest manufacturer of charitable and social gaming products, including paper and electronic tabs, is proud to announce that it is the only Ohio to Receive Instant Electronic Bingo Approval by the Ohio State Attorney General to manufacture charity instant electronic bingo machines – also known as E-bingo or electronic drawbars. Arrow invested over $100 million ahead of the initial statewide rollout, making it the largest charitable gaming expansion for fraternal and veterans organizations nationwide.
“Today, Arrow is raising the standard for charitable gaming in Ohio, investing more in this expansion than any of our competitors,” said Arrow COO John Gallagher III. “Our commitment and unparalleled investment in people, products and processes allow us to remain the leader in this market and in our home country. We appreciate the responsibility and honor we have to work with these organizations and we manage our business with integrity to ensure that we uphold our founding principles.
Over the past six months, Arrow has acquired Ohio-based Lancaster Bingo Company, the largest charity gaming distributor in the United States, as well as the second largest charity gaming distributor based in Ohio, to support the rollout . Additionally, Arrow has acquired Tab Wizard, Ohio’s most popular pull-tab paper POS system for veteran and fraternal clubs, to integrate with their instant electronic bingo technology. Arrow and its subsidiaries have more than 40 dedicated sales representatives and more than 30 service technicians in Ohio, many of whom have served in the armed forces. In total, Arrow employs 600 people in Ohio and 1,200 worldwide.
Electronic bingo was enacted on June 30, 2021. About 600 organizations have applied to have electronic bingo on their premises. Arrow’s charitable gaming products raise an average of $70 million each year in Ohio to support local veterans, fraternal and social organizations as well as many other vital community charities. Globally, Arrow products raise more than $1.5 billion in charitable funds each year.
“Today marks a major step forward in the charitable sector of the gaming industry that directly benefits veterans clubs and fraternal organizations and their respective communities in Ohio. Electronic Bingo in Ohio is going to be one of the biggest charitable gaming expansions of recent years,” said Chris Strano, Arrow’s Chief Operating Officer, eGaming Division. “We have expanded our team to support this expansion with many experienced gaming professionals , best-in-class hardware and exciting game content. The impact Arrow will bring to clubs in Ohio will continue to benefit charities for many years to come. Arrow will break the mold by offering charities better pricing allowing Ohio veterans clubs and fraternal organizations to remain financially viable. The success created in Ohio will serve as a model for other states to follow.
Arrow’s proposed model allows veterans and fraternal organizations to realize higher margins, pricing their products 30% below competitor levels so more dollars can be infused into clubs. Of the revenue generated from charitable gaming for each line item, at least 25% is intended to support other charities, including youth programs, emergency shelters, fire departments, centers for seniors and many other charitable programs in their local communities. Ohio has the potential to be the largest club market for electronic drawbars in the nation and Arrow is committed to making a significant impact in its home country.
“As a Cleveland-based company, Arrow employs many people in my district and has helped local charities raise millions of dollars. Their participation in the program will help strengthen Cleveland’s economy and retain and grow jobs close to home,” said State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland).
Rep. Sweeney was one of many lawmakers who supported a bipartisan effort to secure passage of this bill to support economic development and jobs throughout Ohio. The legislation was championed by Senate Speaker Matt Huffman (R-Lima), Senate Majority Leader Kirk Schuring (R-Canton), Sen. Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville), Sen. Niraj Antani (R -Miamisburg), Rep. Jeff LaRe (R-Violet Township), and Rep. Adam Holmes (R-Nashport).
Ohio is the eighth state to adopt electronic bingo as a fundraising tool for charities. In addition to working with hundreds of organizations across Ohio, Arrow owns over 130 game licenses worldwide. The company also serves a wide variety of regulated gaming institutions, including lotteries, casinos, tribal gaming businesses and cruise ships.
To learn more about Instant Electronic Bingo and Charity Games, visit http://www.arrowinternational.com.
Arrow International, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of charitable and social game products, specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of the best games for charity. Arrow was founded in 1967 in Ohio, first developing bingo paper which revolutionized the charity gaming market. Nearly six decades later, the family business has expanded its product line to include pull tabs, bingo paper and equipment, ink and a robust line of electronic gaming products. Each year, Arrow’s products raise more than $1.5 billion for nonprofits and charities around the world.
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