The History Of The Bingo Game

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The bingo is one of the world’s most popular games. The majority of people in the city halls know about bingo games. Now the online bingo game is relatively new.  Have you ever wondered where everything began?

In the beginning, modern bingo game was a lottery form. The government established the Italian National Lottery when Italy was brought together in 1530. Since then, the Lottery has taken place almost every week. The lotery is today absolutely vital to the Government of Italy–earning over 75 million dollars a year!  Lotto attracted the intellectuals ‘ attention in 1778. The classic Lotto was a card divided into three vertical and horizontal lines. In a random arrangement, each horizontal line had 5 numerous and 4 blank squares. The vertical ranks contained numbers between 1 and 10, the second ranks between 11 and 20, up to 90. Every card in the Lotto was unique. A single lottery card would be given to players while someone was drawing chips from a bag marked from 1 to 90 and reading the number aloud. The number on their cards was covered by players, if read. The winner was the first player in the horizontal row. Education games were popular in the 1800s. Lotto games have been designed to teach children spelling, animals, and history. Similar games are still popular today in the very competitive game and toy market.

Edwin S.Lowe stopped a few miles outside of Jacksonville one night in December 1929 at the carnival. All but one booth was closed. All was closed. There were people at the booth. Someone draws bag numbers and reads them aloud. The players all would check the number of their cards. The first winner was the one who filled a number line horizontal, vertical or diagonal and shouted Beano. A small Kewpie doll would be the winner as a price. This game was called Beano, as you can imagine.  Lowe, who had a toy store of his own for about a year, immediately saw the potential of the game. He bought a card and a number stamp from home and produced a beano game of his own. He soon realized that the game was almost addictive and fun when his friends tested it. He knew he had found his new name for his new game when one of his friends cried bingo instead of beano!  Two variations were present for the first Lowe bingo game, a 12 dollar card set and a 24 dollar card.

The game was an immediate success and quickly became popular. He was not the only one who knew the potential of the bingo game, of course. Lots of imitators tried to market the game soon. Lowe could not patent the game. But, a few months later, Lowe was approached by a priest from a small parish, offered to give his competitors $1 to name it Bingo.. Someone in his parish suggested that they use a bingo game to raise funds from the church. The priest bought some Low bingo sets, but he had six or more winners unfortunately.

Lowe saw the possible expansion of the game immediately, but also knew that an enormous number variety must be developed for the bingo card. He asked Carl Leffler, an elderly professor of mathematics at Columbia University, to design 6,000 new cards with numbers not repeated. For each new card, the teacher agreed on a fee. But the professor continued to find that producing new bingo cards was getting increasingly difficult. Lowe looked impatient and paid Leffler over $100 per new bingo card at the end. At last, the task was finished, but there was rumor that the professor had lost his health!

The bingo game was soon to be one of North America’s most popular games, and remains so until today. Many associate it with fundraising, but Bingo today in church halls has a lot more than a fundraiser.

The online bingo game had been developed approximately ten years ago. It became even more popular in five years than to go to films or concerts! Many people would agree that the best thing since bread is Online Bingo games.

There’s certainly a lot more online bingo than a game. It’s a place to relax and be with friends. Who would have guessed that such a long history was ever one of the best games?

Last modified: May 9, 2019

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