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History of Bingo

Ever heard of a number game with unequivocal fame? If not, then it’s about time you heard of this five letter word:


That’s right. It’s time for a little “Bingo!”

The game is an evolved form of a 1530 Italian lottery pastime. The "Lo Giuoco del Lotto D'Italia," is the ancestor of Bingo. It has almost the same rules and regulations as its modern version. The Italian game was then introduced to France in the late 1770s. After that, the popularity of the game spread out across Europe. No longer called by its Italian title, it had lots of other names like the French “Le lotto” and others.  It was only a matter of time until it reached the Americas… and then the world!

It conquered America in 1929. Originally called "Beano" in America, this number game has proven it’s worth way back then, when it comes to spicing up any game room. The name Beano was used because of the original American features of this game. During those times, a dealer has to pick a random number from a cigarette box. Players will then mark such numbers on their cards by placing beans on top of them.

A carnival near Atlanta, Georgia was the first venue in which this ingenious number game was played. Due to the enthusiastic reaction of the people, a blink of an eye was all it took before people started to cash in on this phenomenon. New York toy salesman Edwin S. Lowe was the first and probably the most successful of many. He manufactured a line of toy cards and markers to make the game a tad more colorful and convenient to play. He then renamed it "Bingo" after overhearing someone accidentally yell the aforementioned phrase instead of "beano". A man named Carl Leffler helped Lowe increase the possible combinations in bingo cards. By 1930, almost 6000 variants of cards were invented and distributed by this man. Rumors have it that Leffler then went insane due to the effort he exerted on this grueling task.

However, Bingo got its big break from a Pennsylvanian priest. This priest had the idea of using the game as a means of charity fund raising. With Lowe’s consent, the venture paid off and Bingo became a staple in American and International gaming rooms.

Now, Bingo is played everyday, anywhere in the world. In North America alone, it is believed that 10,000 games are played weekly, amassing an amounting of up to $ 90 Million a week… and perhaps even more!