Bingo is one of the most popular games in the world and is fun for the whole family, not just for senior citizens, as is commonly thought. It can be suitable for people of all nationalities, religions, persuasions. It can be a heartwarming expereience to watch mortal enemies play bingo instead of making war on eachother.
The history of Bingo can be traced back to the 15th century where in 1530 we see a game called "Lo Giuoco del Lotto D'Italia," played in the sumptuous venetian palazzos of the rich Italian aristocracy. This game, incidentally, is still played in Italy every Saturday.
From Italy Bing spread to France where it was called "Le Lotto" and was played in the courts of the kings up until the time of the revolution. Then bingo spread to the general populace when Louis 16th lost everything from the neck up. This was made especially popular by the revolutionary game where names of aristocrats were called out and the peasants could guess which one would be beheaded next.
With the advent of colonialism we find that bingo spread to the "New World" and was named "beano." whenever some one would win they would call out "beano!!". Numbered metal disks were chosen out of cigar boxes and called out. The first time we find evidence of organized bingo playing is in 1929 at a county fair in Atlanta. After seeing that this game could be wildly successful, a toy manufacturer called Edwin S. Lowe hired mathematician Carl Leffler to produce many combinations of cards and then started retailing the game, under the name of Bingo. This was because he had heard once some one yell out bingo instead of beano to announce that he had won.
Shortly after, a catholic priest approached Lowe and asked him about the possibility of playing bingo to help raise church funds. And the rest is history. Bingo gained popularity in an amazingly short time. An estimated one hundred thousand bingo games are play in the United Stated every week. Church bingo is the leading factor in the support of many churches that have little or no other income other than what they get from their weekly or daily games.
Bingo is also a game that is enjoyed by the senior community, as its slow, fluvial pace and easygoing enviroment is ideal for people such as these. And they have an opportunity to win large prizes as a supplememnt to their social security cheques which are often too meager to get them through the month.