Online bingo may be an on-going sensation among the current Internet savvy youth, but do you know how the game of bingo was conceptualised? Bingo came to being about a few centuries ago. Around the year 1530, there was a lottery game called “Il Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia” in Italy. The concept of bingo as we know today is said to have originated from this Italian lottery game.
By the year 1778, Le Lotto game was created in France This lotto game featured nine columns and three rows, thus adding up to a total of 27 squares. Each of the squares contained one number from 1 to 90. This layout laid the foundation of the modern day bingo.
It was around the year 1920 when bingo became a standard game across most of the travelling carnivals and fairs in and around the Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh district. This standardisation was done by Hugh J. Ward, who even authored the rule book of bingo in 1933.
The game of bingo was further popularised by a toy merchandiser named Edwin Lowe. It started at a travelling fair near Atlanta in December 1929 when Lowe noticed that people were really involved in a Beano game, which used Hugh Ward’s rule and used a rubber stamp, cardboard sheets and dried beans. He adopted the idea and introduced it to his friends in New York in 1930s. His friends loved the game. One theory suggests that one of the friends, on being excited to have won, screamed out ‘bingo’ instead of ‘beano’, and that’s how the game got its present name. Another theory suggests that the name originated in Great Britain during the 1770s, and migrated to Pittsburgh at least a generation before Lowe’s claim.
Edwin Lowe is credited to have produced bingo game with two versions: one is a 12-card set and the other is a set with 24 cards. Soon, bingo became a rage among the players then. Within the next decade, the game spread all over the country.
The Internet is still a recent boom. But bingo lovers were quick to create its online versions, the first of which was launched in the year 1996. It was called “Bingo Zone” and could be played free of cost. The players only had to provide their demographic information to start playing. In return, the online members would receive targeted ads based on the location they have provided. Uproar was another torchbearer of the early free online bingo games. It created Bingo Blitz in the year, 1998.
Now there are countless websites and software that let you play free or paid online bingo games. The rules of some of these games may vary somewhat, but are all essentially structured on the original rules by Ward.