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How bingo was invented?
Just wondering about the origins of bingo. How was it invented?
It was around 1530 when a game similar to bingo was played in Italy. The game initially had a lottery theme and it was called "Il Gioco del Lotto d'Italia" which roughly translates as "The Clearance Lottery of the Lot of Italy”. Here is an article where we briefly touched this topic:
The game became popular and quickly travelled to France. There, it was called Le Lotto. During the 18th century, the French added the card tokens and number calling. Towards the 19th century, German school children used bingo games to enhance their arithmetic skills.
Bingo, as we know it today, was most likely standardised by Hugh J. Ward of Pennsylvania. Ward used to play the game at carnivals. It was also believed that Ward was the one who coined the term "Bingo" after writing the definitive rulebook in 1933. Beans were used as markers for the numbers and when someone gets a full house, they would should "Beano!"