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The History of Bingo

BOGOF Bingo is relatively new to the game of Bingo - the game and its origins go back further than you may realize. 

The great-grandfather of bingo was the Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia (or loosely translated to the National Lottery of Italy), created in 1530 and still going strong today.

This ancestor of the bingo we know and love developed with a card of three horizontal and nine vertical rows numbered between 1 and 90. Players waited to have numbers called out and the first player to cross out every number across a horizontal row was the winner.

A more recent relative of bingo developed in America and was played at funfairs and carnivals. Bingo halls’ were yet to come via Edwin S. Lowe - the man who developed bingo as we know it today.

At the time, players used beans to mark their cards. However, at one event which Lowe attended, an over-excited winner shouted out the word “bingo” instead of “beano” and voila….Lowe had the perfect name.

The savvy entrepreneur developed the new system of 75 Ball Bingo which we play today, and rolled it out across the USA and Canada.

It took until the 1960's for the bingo phenomenon to reach our shores, but bingo halls quickly sprang up.

The game became a wildly popular social phenomenon in the UK. Then, based on the success of land-based bingo halls, online bingo came alive after the turn of the millennium.

The rest, as they say, is history.