The origins of Bingo can be traced back to a lottery game called “Il Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia” which had appeared in Italy in 1530. Around 1700, over the course of nearly two centuries, the game had matured and new elements were added to it. It is telling to note that in the nineteenth century, Bingo was widely used in Germany for educational purposes as well.
The “Le Lotto” was subsequently developed in France, in the late 18th century. This variation featured 27 squares in a layout of three rows and nine columns. The numbers within the grid ranged from 1 through 90 and only five squares within each row contained numbers, thus leading to the design of modern day Bingo.
Hugh J. Ward formalised the modern game and presented it at carnivals in and around Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania area in the mid-1920s. He became the copyright owner of the term “Bingo” and published a relevant rulebook in 1933. It was thanks to Edwin Lowe who first “discovered” it in Atlanta, that the game grew enormously popular in New York. Lowe created more that 6,000 card combinations and the game was popularised in houses, schools and churches, to the degree that even charitable organisations began selling Bingo cards as a means to raise funds.
Thereafter, Bingo conquered the audience in both the USA and Europe, while several years later it succeeded in taking possession of the digital world as well. In 1996, CyberBingo.com was launched online, being the first ever website to focus on the popular game. In 2003, the online bingo managed to conquer the United Kingdom, while later that year the Prize Bingo was launched. These developments created a “snowball effect” which put Bingo in a prominent position both at the various online casinos and the social media.