The history of the popular pastime Bingo can in fact be traced right back to the 16th Century. The game, which has become extremely trendy and all the rage amongst both the young and the old was first discovered in Italy in 1530. The ‘’Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia” was said to be the very first state run lottery and generated a mass of revenue for the state coffers.
Another similar game that is perhaps even more like that of the contemporary bingo we play today is the French Lottery. This take on Bingo also took its roots from the Italian Lottery and was extremely well-liked by the wealthy French business men in the 18th century.
The game housed a series of numbered discs, the wooden discs were numbered from 1 to 90 and the game involved a caller drawing them out of a bag and then revealing the numbers drawn to the game players. Each player held a similar card to that of the one seen today and housed a total of 9 columns and 3 rows. Column 1 held a mixture of numbers, anywhere between 1 and 10 and column 2 held a series of numbers between 11 and 20. This pattern continued up to the number 90, which appeared on the last column. The winning participant would be the first person to cover every number on an entire row.
Other versions of the bingo game were spotted in Germany, but these versions were used for educational purposes as appose to methods of gambling.
Today bingo is a well known game all over the world but is particularly well loved in the UK where there are hundreds of bingo halls and online bingo sites dedicated to the bingo cause.