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History Of Bingo

Bingo is an absolutely great game. It’s fun, easy to learn and provides an avenue for social interactions that can help build relationships. Really, who doesn’t loveĀ  shouting “BINGO”? Nothing rivals the fun of bingo, it’s an original, traditional and very popular activity in the U.S. Although Bingo might easily be considered an American past-time, we know that Bingo did not originate here.

The game of Bingo has been recorded in histories as far back as the 1530’s in Italy, where it was called called “Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia“. Amazingly this original version of the game is still played religiously every Saturday.

Later in history, around 1770, Bingo reached France but there it was called “Le Lotto” and was only a game played among the wealthiest of the Frenchmen. Sometime around the 1800’s a new version of the game appeared in Germany, but this time it was being used as a fun child’s game that help them learn their math, spelling and history lessons.

It was not until 1929 that the first version of this game arrived in America. Somewhere near Atlanta, Georgia a carnival introduced a patrons to a fun and exciting ‘new’ game called “Beano”, because it was played with beans (obviously). The game was then adopted by a New York toy salesman named Edwin S. Lowe and he decided that he liked “Bingo!” better. And it stuck. Look how far the game has come now.

There are hundreds of variations all with different objectives. It’s played for church fundraisers in classrooms and online. Bingo has been very beneficial when played at family get together, at school events and especially during business meeting to build unity and trust where people aren’t very familiar with each other.

Bingo can easily be modified to be a fun get to know you game to ease tension and to help people open-up. Bingo is great anytime anywhere and for anybody. No matter your age, gender, occupation or status. Imagine all the fun you can have playing Bingo at/in your next party, classroom, meeting or family event.

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