Religion: Bingo!

Bingo, the churchly gold mine, grossed $21,703,569 in New York State during the half year ending in March, the State Lottery Control Commission reported last week. According to the commission, 5,998,858 people played 25,843 games, run by 1,236 organizations. The biggest moneymaker was the Roman Catholic Church of the Most Precious Blood, in Queens, Long Island, with a six-month profit of $29,884.

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