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1530 Italy Earliest known bingo-style game called Lo Giucco del Lotto D'Italia, is played every Saturday. The lottery is still played every Saturday in Italy.
1778 France The game arrives in France, known as Le Lotto, and is played by wealthy Frenchmen.
1880 Germany The Germans put a version of the game to good use by making it as a child's teaching aid for maths, spelling and history.
1929 America There's a carnival game played in the South, known as 'beano'. If the caller shouts out a number present on the player's card he or she places a dried bean on the said number. When the beans form a straight line in any direction, the winner marks their win by shouting ‘Beano!’ Edwin S. Lowe, a New York toy salesman, sees it being played and takes it to a new level...
1930 America Mr Lowe hires Columbia University maths professor Carl Leffler to increase the number of combinations in bingo cards to 6000. This project allegedly drives the professor insane. A woman shouts bingo! instead of beano! and the new name catches on.
1934 America A Catholic priest from Pennsylvania approaches Lowe about using Bingo as a way of raising church funds. The charitable roots of bingo are born. An estimated 10,000 games are played weekly.
1968 The playing of Bingo is formalised in the UK under the Gaming Act of 1968.
1986 The National Bingo game is launched in the UK.
2005 More than 3 million people regularly play bingo online and offline. Unlike in 18th century France, most players are women.
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