Bingo has warmed its way into our hearts and is known around the world. It has been around for almost 5 centuries and today, you can even log on to different bingo sites and enjoy your favourite pastime. Here are 15 facts you probably didn’t know about the game we all love to enjoy.
- The Most Popular Game is Bingo
With over 8% of the world’s population playing the game, Bingo is definitely the most popular game even in the coldest place on earth, and is enjoyed by millions.
- Origins of the Game
The game has been around since the 1530s. It originated in Italy back in the Renaissance era and can be traced to Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia, the Italian national lottery.
- Bingo Can Relieve Stress and Boost the Brain
Bingo is known to relieve stress and boost the cognitive abilities of players too! Researchers in Southampton University found that playing the game keeps your brain trim and that bingo players are generally more mentally agile than non-bingo players. This is definitely one of the best bingo facts!
- Origin of Keno
You know the popular game Keno? Well, Bingo is the origin of that game.
- Motivation to Play
Surprising, winning a jackpot price ranks 5th on the list of reasons why people love to play this game. They do it mostly for the fun and socialization
- Winning Combinations
In a standard Bingo ticket, a player can actually come up with over a million different winning combinations.
- Bingo Jobs
There is a growing industry around Bingo today. With the availability of bingo sites where you can play by your phone bill, a combination of new technology and the ‘’Bingo economy’’ has contributed to the employment of over 20,000 people.
- More Female Players
According to statistics, 20% of Bingo players are men, while the rest are women. As at 2012, 2.5 million female players in the UK enjoyed their favourite game playing from online bingo sites.
- Duration of the Game
By estimation, the Bingo game lasts from three to six minutes.
- Bingo Players and Superstitions
Did you know? Bingo players tend to be very superstitious when it comes to the game. Some believe in lucky charms, lucky pens, lucky numbers and certain colours of daubers. Some even have lucky chairs, clothes and underwear. It is not surprising to see some go around their chair three times before sitting down.
- Purple is the Colour
Most Bingo players prefer their dauber colour to be purple.
- Educational Tool
The Germans actually used a game just like Bingo to teach students history and to learn numbers.
- Popular Game
The game was popularized by a New York toy Salesman in 1929, when he saw the game being played at a fair in Jackson Georgia and went ahead to recreate it for friends.
- Beano to Bingo
As a boxed game, it was initially known as Beano until a female player called Bingo instead.
- Bingo for Charity
The game is the number one fundraiser for charities in the world.