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Breaking Down the Origins of the Bingo Game

Almost everybody, young and old, may be able to enjoy a game of bingo at various social and club gatherings, informal parties, church and non-profit organization affairs, as well as at various other social events. It does not matter what age or type of person you are, as bingo is a game of chance that can be enjoyed by both the young and the old. But how did this game develop or come into existence?

In the United States of America, the game of bingo was formerly known as "beano", and was considered as a game present in country fairs wherein a dealer would choose from various numbered discs or cards that were taken from cigar boxes. The players, upon receiving their respective cards, would then begin the game by marking their cards with beans. After which, the players would soon yell the word "beano" if ever they won.

The game of bingo reaches as far back as the 1530s, when the Italian lottery that was named Lo Giuoco del Lotto D'Italia was being played by the population on a Saturday in the country of Italy. That particular Italian game is still being played to this day. The game was then brought into France during the latter part of the 1770s, and was then called Le Lotto by the French. Le Lotto was oftentimes played amongst the wealthy, upper echelons of French society.

However, not only did the French and Italians play the game, but it was also played by the Germans, who in turn, played a slightly different version during the 1800s. Their version, however, was commonly used in Germany as a game for children in order to help the young generation of students in learning and being better at their math subjects, grammar subjects and history subjects.

The game of bingo eventually became popularized by the Europeans and so, it eventually reached the shores of North America during the year 1929 where it was first called as beano. The bingo game, as it was known then, was played primarily, in a carnival that was located near Atlanta in Georgia. It was eventually renamed and received the new name of "bingo" when it came into the grasp of a toy salesman in New York, Edwin Lowe. He decided to rename the game upon hearing an unknown person yell "bingo" and not "beano".

Lowe eventually got the services of a math university professor named Carl Leffler, and asked for his help in increasing the combinations of numbers found in bingo cards. By the 1930s, Leffler was able to make six thousand various bingo card combinations. And soon after, a certain catholic priest from the town of Pennsylvania, began to use bingo so that he could raise funds for the Catholic church. Since that time, bingo was then played in various church affairs; and soon after, spread worldwide.

The Bingo game is played almost everyday in a number of different countries, and millions of dollars are spent every week by in various countries around the globe.

 
 
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