LATE BIRD / NITE OWL

A short bingo session (2-8 games) placed prior to the regular session, used by the bingo operator to get players to the hall well in advance of the start of play.  Small prizes are usually awarded.

LOOSE

Jar Ticket product that is not stapled together in bundles.

LOOSE PAPER

Bingo paper not collated into books or pads and sold individually. Loose paper is also called paper "specials".

LUCKY JAR / COOKIE JAR

The Lucky Jar or Cooking Jar is a container with cash. You win the contents of the Lucky Jar if you bingo on the lucky number. The lucky number is usually the first number called at the beginning of a session. Money is added to the jar every time the lucky number is called or if the caller makes a mistake in announcing the game. Usually, you can win the lucky jar only on regular games. There is no lucky number in play on special throw-away games.

MATCHING SERIAL NUMBER

Indicates that every section of the set carries an identical serial number.

MINIMUM BUY-IN

The least amount you must spend to be eligible for prizes.

MONEY BALL

A number drawn before the game that will double a player's winnings if bingo is hit on that number.

MOONLIGHT BINGO

Session of bingo that starts late at night, usually about 10:00 pm.

MULTIPLE WINNERS

Multiple winners are when two or more players bingo at the same time. When this happens, the cash prize is divided among them. For example, if there are five winners on a $500 game, they each receive $100.

NAFTM SEAL

National Association Of Fundraising Ticket Manufacturers. The black and yellow seal on each deal of pull tabs. This means that the pull tab has been approved by the association. If the seal is broken, the box could be tampered with and it should not be sold.

CUT

Indicates the direction that a sheet of faces will be cut from the master sheet.  A cut can be either square, horizontal or vertical.  For instance, a 3 ON Vertical cut is 3 faces arranged one over the other in a "top-to-bottom" format.  A 3 ON Horizontal cut is 3 faces arranged in a "side-by-side" format. 

NICKNAMES

This is a way of announcing or repeating the Bingo number drawn in a humorous way. In a crowded, noisy room, it also helps to confirm the number called. Bingo play using nicknames persisted in British Bingo halls until faster computer draws replaced air-blown balls.

NITE OWL

A bingo session (2-8 games) used by the operator to allow the "Bingo Junkie" to stay after the regular session and spend money. Small prizes are awarded.

OFF CUT

Refers to faces that cannot be cut from the master sheet in the desired ON. For instance, if the master sheet is a 24 ON Vertical and you order a 9 ON sheet, the result will be two (2) 9 ON cuts equaling 18 faces and an OFF CUT totaling six (6) faces to complete the 24 faces on the sheet.

ONS

Refers to the number of bingo faces per sheet. Example: A 9 ON would have 9 faces per sheet.