Interesting Bingo Facts

BingocardsWhen Italy was united in 1530, the Italian National Lottery Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia was organized, and has been held, almost without pause, at weekly intervals to this date.

“Le Lotto” migrated to France in the late 1700s in a form similar to the Bingo we know today, with a playing card, tokens and numbers read aloud.

In 1929, a game called “Beano” was played in a carnival near Atlanta, Georgia. Dried beans, a rubber stamp and a cardboard sheet were all that these Americans need to get their minds off the sting of the Depression.

Bingo was popularl in the early 1900’s, but was properly established by American toy salesman edwin S. Lowe in 1929. It was played with dried beans, rubber stamps and blotter paper.

Commercially bingo started in year in the 1960’s in the U.K.

The average time to check a winning claim is 30 seconds.

The French were the first to play with Bingo playing cards, tokens and reading those numbers out loud!

Bingo became popular in Australia early in the 20th Century. It was known as HOUSIE. HOUSIE and was held in large marquees before they moved into halls.

The earliest Lowe Bingo game in two variations – a 12-card set for one dollar and a two dollar set with twenty-four cards. The game was an immediate success and put Lowe’s company squarely on its feet.

Mr. Lowe introduced the game to his friends in New York where one of them mistakenly yelled “BINGO!!” for the first time in her excitement, and “Lowe’s Bingo” was soon the talk of NYC.

Lowe asked players to pay him $1 per year to allow them to call their games Bingo as well.

By the late 1940s, Bingo games sprung up all over the country with thousands of games being played every week.

There are 1,474,200 unique Bingo cards possible.