History of Bingo

History of Bingo

Bingo is a game that has roots all Italian.


Around 1530, in fact, in Italy became famous among citizens a game called “The game of Lotto in Italy”, criticized and opposed by the Catholic Church at that time was very dominant.


This “Lotto” involved the use of tables (or “folders”), each consisting of 9 vertical columns for 3 horizontal columns (for a total of 27 cells); on each line were in turn are 5 numbers between 1 and 90 arranged at random, leaving four free boxes.


Then each column contained the numbers of each decade, according to this scheme:


1st column = numbers from 1 to 10


2nd column = numbers from 11 to 20


3rt column = numbers 21 to 30


All folders of the game were different from each other.


Then this game is expanded in the rest of Europe, especially in France, gaining more and more popularity, giving rise to a number of lotteries.


In the first years of ’900, the future Bingo also took hold in the United States. Here, to mark each number rolled on the various folders of the game, the beans were used, so the game was called “Beano”, whose name derives from the English word bean

The players were randomly assigned folders, and the completion of one of them during the game, the participant had to say “Beano” to win the stakes.


In 1929, Edwin Lowe, a representative of New York, he heard a player say “Bingo!” instead of “Beano”. The same Lowe thought that this game would be a great marketing opportunity, then began to create a large number of folders casual game.

Currently the game of Bingo is widespread in the United States and in Anglo-Saxon countries, in Italy, however, is more commonly known as “bingo” and is considered more than a game of chance, a game of family context especially Christmas.



Family members of Bingo in Italy are still Lotto and Lotto.