When did bingo start in the UK?

Online bingo is quite popular nowadays. When did it start in the UK?

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In historical records, the first instance wherein a game similar to bingo was played in the UK was in 1838.


It was said that the very first games may have come from Malta, where a base for the British Royal Navy was located. Soon after, the British used a state lottery to raise money for the government.

However, bingo may have long been played in the UK even before 1838. After all, bingo was linked to an old lottery in Italy called Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia or the Lo Giuoco del Lotto which can be translated to “The Clearance Lottery of the Lot of Italy”. The game started in 1530 and it quickly spread across Europe, particularly in France and the UK.