PostHeaderIcon Bingo in France

From Italy the game moved across the Alps to France where it became known as Le Lotto. It is still played there on Saturdays and the game is very similar to the modern American Bingo. The game is played with tokens, cards and the numbers are called out loud. The original version of the Italian game was very popular in Europe in 19th century. In the most popular variant the bingo card was divided into squares and each card had nine vertical columns and three horizontal rows. Each of the horizontal rows contained 5 numbers and 4 free spaces. The called numbers were written on wooden chips and kept in a bag. The goal of the game was to mark the numbers on one of the three horizontal rows. Free spaces on those cards were very similar to free spaces in modern bingo cards.


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