Before the Advent of Bingo Online Games – A Bird's Eye View of Bingo's History
Originating in the year 1530, bingo was played as a lottery game 'Lo Giuco de Lotto' in Italy. Considering its popularity, it's not surprising that the game is still played every Saturday there. Then, "Le Lotto" moved to France in the late 1700s and it became somewhat similar to the bingo online games we know today. The French version of the game had a playing card, tokens and numbers were also called out.
Then, during the 1800s, the game spread like a wild fire throughout Europe and several variants of it came into being. For example, one version had the card sectioned into 3 rows and 9 columns. The first row had the numbers from 1 to 10, the second contained numbers from 11 to 20, and so on until the numbers ranging from 81-90 were on the 9th column. The rows also contained 5 squares with numbers and 4 blank boxes in them. Instead of bingo balls, the caller would draw wooden chips from a bag, containing numbers from 1 to 90. The blank squares were considered free squares which are similar to the blank boxes seen in bingo tickets when you play bingo online games.
In the year 1929, a game called "Beano" was being played in Atlanta, Georgia. The game involved some beans, a rubber stamp and a cardboard. A New York toy salesman named Edwin Lowe, happened to observe the game being played and he loved it so much that he introduced it to his friends in New York. When he was playing this game with a group of friends in the Big Apple, one of the female players exclaimed "Bingo!" in her excitement, instead of calling out “beano”. This led Lowe to develop this game commercially and he started calling it “bingo”. Needless to say, the game soon surpassed popularity of most board games.
By 1940s, the game was to be found just about everywhere; it travelled across the Atlantic and became a favourite of the British folks. Unsurprisingly, the game stood the test of the time and now we all enjoy bingo online games every now and then.
Some Titbits Before It Metamorphosed Into Bingo Online
Edwin Lowe, the man who developed this game and in a way, was responsible for making it so popular, sought the services of a Mathematics Professor at Columbia University, Carl Leffler. Lowe gave the task of expanding the amount of number combinations involved in the game to Leffler. It's said that Professor Leffler developed 6,000 bingo cards with non-repeating number groups. However, rumour has it that after completing the task successfully, he lost his mind.
In the 1800s, a similar version of bingo was used as an educational tool in Germany, created to teach children multiplication tables.
8% of the people in United Kingdom play bingo - 10% of all women and 5% of all men