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Sunday, 30 September 2012


Bingo is derived from a 16th century Italian lottery game Lo Giuoco Del Lotto D’Italia. The rules have changed little.

It was later called beano in the US because players used beans to cover numbers on their cards. It became bingo in 1929 when New York toy salesman Edwin S.Lowe overheard someone yell “bingo” instead of “beano”.

The word bingo probably imitates the 'ping' of a bell formerly rang to announce a win.

Bingo has been played in Britain from the 18th century when it was known as 'lotto' and later in the early 20C as 'housey-housey'. Bingo halls swept Britain in the 1960s and 70s, but the game's popularity has declined.

On a bingo card of 90 numbers there are approximately 44 million possible ways to make bingo.

Thirty percent of all bingo players are under the age of 35.

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