History of Bingo

Bingo, in the way that we see it nowadays, is a lottery and the history of bingo leads back to 1530, in Italy. Bingo originated from an Italian National Lottery which was called “Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia” and it was held every Saturday. Nowadays the Italian State Lottery is very important to the budget of the Italian government as it brings more than 70 million dollars every year. The game was brought from Italy to France in 1778, where it was called Le Lotto. Le Lotto was played among the rich Frenchmen. During the 1800s, educational games, based on the lotto, were developed and became popular among people. For example, in the 1850s the Germans used a lotto game in order to help children learn their multiplication tables.

In the 1920s the game was brought to North America and was called “Beano”. The first time the game was played was at a carnival which was taking place in Jacksonville, Georgia. Edwin Lowe who had a toy company saw the game at the carnival and estimated the popularity it could get. He took the game of “Beano”, changed some of the rules and changed the name to Bingo. The interest in bingo was quickly growing and Lowe had to raise the number of combinations on the bingo cards. For the purpose Lowe hired Carl Leffler who was a professor at Columbia University and Leffler devised 6000 new bingo cards with non-repeating groups.

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