Rochester COA Celebrates Bingo Anniversary With December Games

Bingo’s birthday month is December, so come play a game or two this month at the Rochester Senior Center to celebrate.

Bingo is played three times a week at the senior center. Bingo takes place every Monday at 1 p.m., every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. and every Friday at 1 p.m.

Bingo is a popular game of chance that is often played for cash or prizes. Players are given a “bingo card” with a pattern of random numbers and a player reads a series of numbers drawn at random.

The object is to be the first to complete a specific pattern (such as “five in a row”). The winner shouts “Bingo! and collects its prize.

The game began in Italy in 1530 under the name “LoGiuoco del Lotto D’Italia”, and is still played there today, almost every Saturday.

The French adopted the game in the 1770s as “Le Lotto”.

Germany gave the hobby an academic twist a century later, turning it into an educational game for children, combining lessons on various topics.

Bingo arrived in North America in 1929, where it was first called “beano”.

Edwin Lowe, a New York salesman, modernized the game by hiring mathematician Carl Leffler, who developed thousands of numbered playing card combinations.

Lowe allegedly changed the name to “bingo” when a winner shouted the word out by mistake one day.

A Catholic priest approached Lowe in the 1930s about the use of bingo as a fundraiser for the church, initiating the game’s decades-long association with the American Catholic community.

Gambling is also popular in casinos, although casino bingo has declined in many areas due to rising taxes, smoking bans, and the rise of online gaming.

Here’s a fun fact for you: Edwin Lowe, the man who modernized bingo, also invented Yahtzee!

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