It’s not entirely clear where and how Bingo first began but there is some speculation that it originated in Italy, starting with a game called ‘Lo Guioco del Lotto D’Italia’ which was then adapted by other countries in Europe.
In France for example it was called ‘Le Lotto’ and very popular with the upper classes of French society. 3.8 million people in the UK now regularly play bingo, online or in a bingo hall.
In the US, bingo was a game played at carnivals but rather than the bingo the catchphrase was ‘Beano’. The game was copied by a chap called Edwin Lowe in 1929, who having seen it at a carnival realised it had wider commercial appeal and started running bingo games in New York, where it picked up its modern name. By the 1940s the popularity of bingo had spread across much of the United States.
UK bingo is a little different than American bingo but both formats are now popular thanks to the internet, where players can pick their own game format. They can now also choose particular themes such as ‘Coronation Street’ or ‘Coconut Island’ to make playing more colourful and fun. The technology of bingo also continues to advance, with digital random number generators now making the draw process completely fair.
Bingo is still hugely popular in the UK, with Bingo halls usually owned by chains in most cities across the UK. However, with the internet rapidly growing online Bingo is definitely the latest fad for the easy access to so many different types and themes of Bingo and all without the hassle of leaving the house!
We would suggest caution if you’re not a very experienced internet user. If you want to get into online Bingo it would be a great idea to get some computer lessons first to be sure you know what you’re doing. There are plenty of scams around on the internet and we wouldn’t want any of our readers to be caught out. Bingo is supposed to be fun after all!