Bingo Guide Book

Know the History of Bingo

The history of bingo can be traced back during the 16th century of Italy, wherein a lottery game that is done locally is held during the 1 Saturdays of the year 1530. In the year 1770, the game was able to penetrate in the country of France where it took the the name "Le Lotto". During this time, the playing card used has three rows in horizontal form and nine columns of verticals, creating boxes. Each boxes has assigned number wherein the first row has numbers between 1 to 10, the second row with 11 to 20, and so on. Until it reaches the number 81 to 90.

In the cloth of bag, there are ninety chips inside and the Lotto callers will draw numbers one by one. When the number on the chip is called, the gamer will mark the number in his card if it is there. The winner will be determined by filling all five numbers in the boxes in a manner that it is arranged horizontally. Believe it or not, the history of bingo started with the monarchs and the wealthy since commoners can not afford to bet due to high stakes.

During the 19th century, Germany developed a different version of lotto gaming and its players are children, making them to be good about numbers, math and multiplication table. Some variation of the German game helped in teaching history and spelling. However, despite the good intention of the German version, the French type of game was the one that is able to enter Britain's consciousness since it became popular among the Armed Forces during the World War II.

The history of bingo is able to take root and gain popularity during the second world war since the American troops who are out for battle get acquainted with the game, but by this time, the numbers are less and a new layout of five rows and five columns are used. Also, the numbers used become less since from 90, it becomes 75.

The "bingo" name came to the peoples consciousness when a toy salesman based from New York heard a man shouted "Bingo!" instead of "Beano" ( the name given by American soldiers) and this is how Edwin Lowe, the salesman, marketed the game. Soon, the game also become a way of gathering funds for the Catholic Church.