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http://bigbangcasino.com/images/articles/bingo_small.jpg Ever played Bingo? Well it's more then an old peoples home game.

The game is very popular in all sorts of cultures and has evolved to the internet as well. But whats the origin of Bingo? Since its invention in 1929, modern bingo has evolved into multiple variations even online, with each jurisdiction's gambling laws regulating how the game is played.

There are also nearly unlimited patterns, that may be specified for play. Some games require only one number to be matched, while cover-all games award the jackpot for covering an entire card. There are even games, that award prizes to players for matching no numbers, or achieving no pattern. See "Variations" for more details. Alternative methods of playing bingo, try to increase participation by creating excitement.

Bingo is a game of chance, played with randomly drawn numbers, which players match against numbers that have been pre-printed on 5x5 matrices. The matrices may be printed on paper or card stock, or electronically represented, and are referred to as cards. Many versions conclude the game, when the first person achieves a specified pattern from the drawn numbers. The winner is usually required to call out the word "Bingo!", which alerts the other players, and caller of a possible win. All wins are checked for accuracy before the win is officially confirmed at which time the prize, is secured and a new game is begun. In this version of bingo, players compete against one another for the prize or jackpot.

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Bingo as we know it today is a form of lottery, and is a direct descendant of Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia. When Italy was united in 1530, the Italian National Lottery Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia, was organized, and has been held, almost without pause, at weekly intervals to this date. Today the Italian State lottery, is indispensable to the government's budget, with a yearly contribution in excess of 75 million dollars.

In 1778 it was reported in the French press that Le Lotto, had captured the fancy of the intelligentsia. In the classic version of Lotto, which developed during this period, the playing card used in the game was divided into three horizontal and nine vertical rows. Each horizontal row had five numbered and four blank squares, in a random arrangement. The vertical rows contained numbers from 1 to 10 in the first row, 11 to 20 in the second row, et cetera, up to 90. No two Lotto cards were alike. Chips numbered from 1 to 90 completed the playing equipment. Players were dealt a single Lotto card, then the caller would draw a small wooden, numbered token from a cloth boag and read the number aloud. The players would cover the number if it appeared on their card. The first player to cover a horizontal row was the winner.

In the 1800's educational Lotto games became popular. A German Lotto game of the 1850s was designed to teach children their multiplication tables. There were other educational Lotto games such as 'Spelling Lotto,' 'Animal Lotto,' and 'Historical Lotto." Even in today's highly competitive toy and game market, Lotto is holding its own; Milton Bradley sells a Lotto game featuring the Sesame Street Muppets. The game is designed to provide children, in the 3 to 6 year age range with a splash of fun while, at the same time, teaching them to count and recognize numbers.

Source: wikipedia and several others