Bingo Career?

Ginnie McDonald


Some folks go to college and get amazing degrees in their fields of choice, and go on to have astounding careers. Some folks fall into the family business and work their whole lives continuing on in the tradition. Some work in the trades. Me, I work with people.

I had just had my fourth child in 6 years, and we needed more income, so I was looking for a way to work part time and still have plenty of time with my children. Back in the day, the Non Profit Organizations turned to Bingo to make additional resources; they could only be open 3 days a week at the maximum.  I had an opportunity to work for one of those Non Profits, and the rest as they say is history.

I will never forget my first day on the job, smoke filled room, seating capacity of 500, wooden floors, row upon row of tables and chairs. Excitement in my heart and an aura of expectation on the players faces, I began to sell paper throwaways, which were innovative and new to the game at the time, at a little card table, keeping my cigar box till tidy with ones in the front and twenties in the back.

Everyone wanted to buy from the new girl, as I was untried and might be their lucky charm, I was fascinated with them. The pace of the night flew by and was over before I knew it. I fell in love with the game. It left me wanting more.

Now some 38 years later I realize I have had an amazing Bingo Career! I have worked many of the job positions within the game, as well as for several Organizations, and have grown exponentially as a human being. The income from this work has helped to raise 7 amazing children.

For the last 23 years I have been working at BJ’s Bingo, a State of the Art Facility with a great smoke exchange process. I could not ask for better Employers. The Benefits Package has grown over the years for full time employees to include Medical, Dental, Vision, PTO, 401 K, Flex Time, a Turkey for Thanksgiving and a Ham for Christmas, a Competitive Wage, and more. I consider myself very fortunate to have been employed in this Family Incorporated Gaming Facility.

I have had the opportunity to meet so many people, to hear their stories, to experience their friendships. People touch your life in ways you can’t imagine when you work so closely with so many; your life grows with each interaction. I am forever grateful that I was hired for that first job so many years ago. Working Bingo has taught me so much about life. My job is different every time I work, I love that, and I truly love to serve the people that come into play, be entertained, and relax for a session of Bingo.

Over the years, I have known many co-workers, some have worked their ways through college, and some have paid off their student loans working here, some, like me, stayed. There is a strong core of employees who walked in the door, application in hand, were hired, and have never left. That says something.