from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small, usually rectangular board, used as a game of chance, that contains many holes each filled with a folded slip of paper that when punched out indicates a designated prize, win, or loss.

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  • n. A board, having a number of holes filled with slips of paper, once used as a form of lottery

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  • n. a small board full of holes; each hole contains a slip of paper with symbols printed on it; a gambler pays a small sum for the privilege of pushing out a slip in the hope of obtaining one that entitles him to a prize


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  • I felt the open stares become harder now, and I looked intently at the punchboard in front of me.

    The Lost Get-Back Boogie

  • Mrs. Anderson sighed, looked at the punchboard with disgust, but at last picked it up.

    The Dollmaker

  • The winner was to get a doll whose picture appeared on the punchboard. - News


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  • In his client's defense, Opendack claimed the city was arbitrarily distingishing between types of gambling. And he was a determined attorney. He initiated a separate lawsuit, attempting to force Carroll /the county prosecutor in 1961/ to seize all punchboards, spindle devices, and sports cards, not just the football cards. To back up his complaint, Opendack provided evidence of seven taverns with open gambling.
    Christopher T. Bayley, <i>Seattle Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Police Payoff System in Seattle</i> (Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2015), ch. 2


    WAC 230-14-005

    Defining "punch board."

    A "punch board" means:

    A board with a number of openings of uniform size in which the

    manufacturer placed, at random, slips of paper or other substances

    (punches) imprinted with numbers or symbols; and


    A flare (face sheet) covers the openings and sets out the winning

    numbers or symbols and which prizes players may win. The punches have

    specific serial numbers assigned and printed on them; and


    After buying a punch, a player may select and remove the punch from the

    opening of the punch board, and, if the number on the selected punch

    matches the flare, the specified prize is awarded to the player.

    Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. WSR 07-17-058 (Order 614), § 230-14-005, filed 8/10/07, effective 1/1/08.</blockquote><a href="">Washington Administrative Code</a> (2016)

    January 17, 2016