PostHeaderIcon Where does the money go to?

You may also ask where the money paid by the players will go. Although it is unlikely that the money will finance some kind of illegal activity, you will be more willing to play bingo if you know that the money will be used for building a new hospital for cancer treatment than if you know that the finances will help organizing beer festival. If it is important to you and you need to know where the money will go, you can always call and contact the bingo hall or room and ask where exactly go their jackpots. In some countries lotteries are legally obliged to provide you information in written form about where the money from previous games went and how are they planning to spend the next game amount.

PostHeaderIcon How to choose where to play

Bingo halls and bingo rooms are practically, just the same. The difference is that before bingo halls were associated with churches and church halls while bingo rooms were considered places where adults entertain themselves. The difference was particularly noticeable in 60s and 70s of 20th century when bingo rooms were mostly visited mostly by smoking people or people of undue behavior, desperate people. On the other hand, bingo halls were associated with the local church. In some states, for example, in Arkansas, there were rules in bingo rooms similar to the rules of modern strip clubs and children under the age of 18 were not allowed while in bingo halls there were nice old ladies who played in order to raise money for charity.

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PostHeaderIcon Modern Bingo and how many people play it

Today Bingo is played in many versions including online versions. Except the traditional options, many online games offered by licensed dealers are based on Bingo. Tickets are on sale as well as for Lotto, and players receive a check with numbers which is similar to a bingo card. Numbers are usually announced on TV daily or weekly. In these games the prizes are bigger but they are harder to play. Another form of Bingo are the scratch off lotteries which are especially popular in Britain and Canada. The winning amount in network lotteries usually is confirmed electronically in order to avoid forgeries.

It is believed that to one person playing at the casino, there are ten people playing bingo. The online version is much more popular since it is very easy to play even for people with disabilities. Besides, growing jackpots in online bingo are much more than in the traditional bingo played at bingo halls. In UK as well as in USA bingo is played mainly in churches and charity organizations. However, the stakes of the churches are much more modest than in other places and the people are quite different.

PostHeaderIcon Bingo in America

By 1929 game “beano” became popular during the American carnivals. Then the game was played with dried beans, rubber chips with numbers and hard paper cards. The winners instead of “Bingo” shouted “Beano”. Apparently, the game first appeared in Georgia but it quickly spread across America. In 1930 Edwin Lowe was the first to introduce licensed bingo cards making it easies to play. The license for using the trade mark “Bingo” cost $ 1 per year and it was a good marketing move. Therefore, the name of Lowe quickly became widely known in the gaming market. By the 1940 Bingo has spread throughout the United States and Canada. Every week thousands of Bingo games were played in churches and public places.

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.