Bingo – Where did it all begin?

  • 21 Jan 15
  • Written by LisaLucky

altQuite often there can be nothing more relaxing than putting
your feet up after a long day at work accompanied by a glass of wine and a
great game of bingo! Gone are the days where you had to leave the house and go
to your local bingo hall, you can now do it from the comfort of your own home.
You can enjoy huge jackpots, free cash to play with and endless games. Before
bingo reached your laptops, and even went global, where did it all begin?

An Italians game

Some of you may be surprised to discover that your bellowed
game of bingo came from humble beginnings in Italy. All the way back in 1530
the Italian played a lottery called “Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia,”
which is actually still played every Saturday in Italy to this day. In the late
1770s the game was introduced to France and they renamed it “Le Lotto” but it
was a game only played by wealthy Frenchmen.

Breaking America

In 1929 the game finally crossed the sea and reached
America. It then became known as “Beano”. It was first played in Atlanta,
Georgia at the carnival. Shortly after it then inherited its famous name
‘Bingo” from New York toy salesman Edwin S. Lowe. He called it Bingo because he accidentally
heard someone yell what he thought sounded like “Bingo”. Edwin then paired up
with a maths professor from the University of Columbia to help him increase the
number combinations of the bingo cards.
By 1930, due to inventing over 6,000 different bingo cards it is said
the Edwin the maths professor actually went insane – which isn’t surprising!

God’s game?

Edwin was approached by a Catholic priest from Pennsylvania
as he wanted to use the game of bingo in his church to raise funds. When bingo
began to be played in churches it became extremely popular. By 1934 it was
estimates that a massive 10.000 bingo games were being played each week and
today in Great Britain it is a multi million-dollar empire.

Interesting facts
about your favourite game:

* You can play bingo-using sets of 90,85
or 75 numbers. The national bingo
game is played using a set of 90
numbers.

* The biggest bingo win ever happened on
23 March 2008, when the lucky
Soraya Lowell from Motherwell, North
Lanarkshire scooped a massive GBP
£1,167,795, while playing The National Game at Club 3000 in Coatbridge.

* A number of celebrities began their
careers i
n bingo calling. Some of these include Russell Crowe and Kian
from Westlife.

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