all started in Italy
The origins of Bingo in all
countries where bingo is enjoyed today can be
traced to a game called Lotto first
played by Italians in the 1530's. This game
is still played every Saturday in Italy and
is called Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia.
Modern bingo is a descendant of Lo
Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia.
Bingo in the United
When the game finally reached
the new world in 1929 during the Great Depression,
The game was first played at a carnival in Atlanta,
Georgia and it was called Beano. Why
Beano?... Because dried pinto or lima beans
were used to mark the numbers on the card. The
name was corrupted into Bean-go and
finally its present form Bingo. The
man credited with popularizing the game in the
United States was Edwin S. Lowe. While Mr. Lowe
talked with a carnival pitchman running the
game near Jacksonville Georgia, the pitchman
told Lowe that he found the game the previous
year in Germany. He said that he made some changes
in the rules and changed the name to Beano.
The game was such a crowd pleaser that he returned
to the United States and continued to run the
game on the carnival circuit.
Lowe was so impressed that
he decided to promote and market the game. So
that the game could be played with a large number
of people, he hired Carl Leffler, a Columbia University math
professor, to increased the
combinations in the bingo cards from 24 to
6,000. This was done to make it more difficult
for anyone but a single player to win. With
great sacrifice, Leffler finished the job but
it is rumored that he went insane.
A Catholic priest from Wilkes-Barre
Pennsylvania was quick to see the potential
of using bingo to raise funds for the church.
It is estimated that by 1934, 10,000 bingo games
were played weekly. Today ninety million dollars
are spend playing bingo each week in North America.
Bingo in the United
Bingo is fairly new in the
UK and was not well known until 1960, when the
Gaming Act was passed permitting bingo in members
only establishments. Bingo in the UK was a commercial
operation and developed quite distinctly from
the bingo played in the United States.
British bingo halls were more
plush than the America counterparts. Theatrical
methods and devices for producing random numbers
were used. Because these methods were easy to
rig, the widespread adoption of electronic random
number generators were used during the next
decade. In 1968 new gaming laws were passed
which further raised the popularity of the game.
From Italy Lotto
was introduced to France in the 1770's and is
called Le Lotto and was loved by the
French intelligentsia. The French game differed
from bingo as we know it as chips instead of
balls were used to cover rows instead of patterns
Bingo in Germany
The Germans found a practical
use for the game and used it in the 1800's as
a teaching tool to help students learn history,
spelling and math skills. There were games such
as Historical Lotto, Spelling Lotto and Animal
Lotto. It was considered an educational tool
until 1929 when it was then looked upon as a
form of adult diversion.
Today bingo is enjoyed all
around the world and it makes no difference
if it is played in bingo halls, fire station
garages, church basements or online because
all bingo players have something in common...
They all enjoy the friendly social quality that
the game offers, in fact that may even be more
important than winning.
Continue learning about online bingo: Online