Bingo is one of the most popular games of chance played today and is estimated to have been around for 490 years. The game which found its popularity with war troops during WWI and WWII is now valued at £ 1.3bn in the UK – play today.

Much of its global success is due to the innovation and uniqueness brought by the Internet. The game of bingo, having all but disappeared at the turn of the 21st century, regained its popularity when many websites were devoted to the evolution of the game in 2003, although bingo halls also received a sparkling facelift and new ones. secondary attractions.

Today, bingo has evolved from its inception in Italy as a traditional lottery game. Nonetheless, retracing its evolution will better reveal why the love for gambling is rarely matched by other games.


The first developments

The first record of the game dates back to 1530 in Italy, in the form of an Italian lottery called “Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia”, which is still played regularly on Saturday in Italy.

From there, bingo was accepted in France in the late 1700s as “Le Lotto”. In France, it was traditionally played by aristocrats and the well-to-do French. Similar to today’s version, “The Lotto” is played with a caller who chooses a wooden chip and reads the number aloud. It was in France that bingo first became known as a game of chance as it is played today.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, play was practiced as a hobby and also used as a teaching aid to teach children about multiplication tables, animal names, spelling and history, in Germany as well as in Europe. central.

Britain has so much love for bingo. It dates much further back before it was officially legalized as a gambling law in 1960. The history of bingo gambling in the British Isles dates back to the 18th century, when it migrated from France.

The modern version of the game gained its first wave of popularity after being found in British industrial towns before being released in the United States of America.

The game found its modern name in the United States. The origin of the name Bingo is unknown but dates back to the mid-1920s when Hugh J. Ward took the game’s name from his pre-existing slang and first marketed it.

However, the modern marketing of the game and the patent of the bingo card are credited to Edwin Lowe.

Lowe who first played it at a carnival loved the game so much that he started playing with his friends, and there are claims that one of those Lowe’s friends was overjoyed to have won that she shouted “Bingo” instead of “Beano,” which the game had previously been called in North America.

Subsequently, lowe with the help of a mathematician increased the number of possible combinations and conditioned it before selling it as’ Bingo.

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