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Learn the Untold History of Bingo!

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of seeing all five of your numbers line up and being the first to shout ‘Bingo’. From the days of the earliest bingo halls to the fast-paced, modern games played online at sites like, bingo has been the perfect blend of quick gameplay and fun social event that has brought it widespread appeal. But for such a popular and well-known game, its origins are a little hazy – where did bingo first develop? Where did it come from? Let’s have a look at the untold history of this fantastic game!

Like most gambling games, its origins lie in Europe around the 15th century – but most specifically, with the Italian lottery. The first appearance of a game that bore similarities to bingo was ‘Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia’ which is a game still being played to this day. The lotto spread from Italy to France and then Germany. The German game was perhaps most similar to modern bingo of these but served an entirely different purpose, it was used as a tool to help educate the masses on multiplication tables. It wasn’t until the 20th century, when the game moved to America, that it began to take form as the game we know and love today. (more…)

History Of Bingo

The game of Bingo has a rather intriguing history, dating back to 16th century Italy, where it was first introduced as “Lo Giuoco Del Lotto d’Italia”. Though not exactly the same, the similarities are certainly profound enough to be considered the origins of Bingo, as we know it today. In fact, Lo Giuoco Del Lotto d’Italia is still played on a regular basis in Italy.

As far as the modern version of Bingo, particularly the traditional North American version of 75-Ball Bingo, we have to go all the way back to 1929, to a traveling carnival that set up show just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Attending this carnival was a New York businessman by the name of Edwin Lowe. Edwin was a toy manufacturer who always kept his eye open for new ideas. (more…)