How Bingo came to be?
Have you ever been wondering how and when did Bingo start? Well, it's about time that you try to look back in history and wonder how until now this game has been thriving despite the fierce competition in the gaming and entertainment world. Take note, Bingo does exist until now and it is even more appreciated by people all over the world.
1530 - Historical records attest that the predecessor of Bingo existed in the early 16th century. It was then called Lo Giuoco del Lotto D'Italia. This game in Italy was patterned like a lottery game, nowadays.
1770 - Lo Giuoco del Lotto D'Italia became popular in Italy. Two centuries after, the game was adapted in France where it became known in a different name. Le Lotto was a game which were very much patronised by wealthy Frenchmen.
1800 - Bingo's fame did not only reach those countries. From Italy to France, the Bingo-like games conquered Germany. The German's version of ancient Bingo benefited young Germans as the game's concepts were incorporated in their learning of math, spelling and history.
1920s - More than a century later, the game reached USA. Bingo was then called Beano. This game was first appreciated at a carnival in Georgia. The people, back then, were clueless that what they were playing could capture the hearts of many people worldwide.
Beano was frequently played at the carnival because many people were so much amazed with the game. It was played up to the wee hours of the morning. Until one day, an entrepreneur and salesman in New York named Edwin S. Lowe had become fascinated by the turn out of players every time Beano was played. Lowe, himself, joined the game. While he was playing, he mistakenly heard someone say "Bingo" instead of the game's real name which was Beano. So, Lowe asked for the help of a math teacher from Columbian University to analyze the game which he called Bingo. Lowe had wanted to improve the number of combinations in the game's playing cards.
Lowe started to introduce the game in New York. From then on, it became known as Bingo instead of Beano. Bingo's popularity started to rise when a priest asked for Lowe's assistance through using Bingo as a way to increase the funds of his church. This game became associated with church and charity events. Around 1934 when Bingo games were estimated to be played 10,000 times since it was first introduced in the US.