The History Of Bingo

Bingo has been a staple to the gaming community for over two decades. It is always changing and evolving into many different types of games, like the ones being played at People have been playing bingo to pass the time and enjoy themselves in many ways, for a long time.

Bingo is based on the game that was played in Italy in 1530 called as “Il Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia”- this literally means, as The Clearance of The Lot of Italy. Centuries later, in France, many varieties of the said game took place, such as the use of tokens and cards. Meanwhile, this kind of game has been used in Germany for educational purposes. It has been one of the ways teachers teach their students spelling, animal names, and multiplication tables.

On 1778, lotto had evolved from Le Lotto which was created by the French. This is where the modern design of bingo cards originated. And during 1920s, this game gained popularity when Hugh J. Ward brought the game to carnivals in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.

It became even more popular when this game was brought to Atlanta in December 1929. A toy manufacturer, Edwin S. Lowe, then noticed how engaging and addictive the game was. There, he introduced his friends and colleagues to the “Beano” game- following Ward’s rules and using dried beans, a rubber stamp, and a cardboard sheet to play. His friends really liked the game, and it started to gain popularity. It is said that when one of Lowe’s friends won the game, instead of yelling Beano, he said Bingo- thus giving the game its present day name.

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