Mayor Announces ‘Boston Bingo’ to Encourage Visiting Local Businesses
And that’s a (Boston) Bingo!
Following the city’s record-breaking snowfall the past several weeks, Mayor Marty Walsh has announced a new activity for residents to get back out on the town and support local businesses. Following in the footsteps of promotions like #DigOutDineOut, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development is widening the field from restaurants to all types of businesses. They’re calling the promo “Boston Bingo.”
To play, the city challenges people to do things like “Order sushi,” “Visit your local bookstore,” or “Let’s hit the gym.” Twenty-four of these prompts appear on the grid, which people can print out online or pick up at area businesses located in Main Streets districts. The city encourages people to be creative. “Purchase something ‘large,'” for instance, could be interpreted in a variety of ways.
Players are also advised to take a photo at each location and share it on social media—Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook—using the hashtag #BosBINGO and also tag the business.
Once someone has completed one line or a blackout (filling all spaces) on the Bingo card, he or she can submit it into a raffle to win prizes. Completing one line on the card counts for one submission; a blackout counts for seven. Cool prizes for raffle winners include Bruins tickets, date nights, Hubway memberships, and even coffee with Mayor Marty Walsh—because who doesn’t want to have coffee with our fair mayor, right?
The game will run through March 15. You can turn in submissions online or in person at City Hall.
Don’t forget to keep those receipts—read the fine print and other details at boston.gov/bingo.