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Bingo's past

Admit it! You have been playing Bingo, the world's most popular and probably the most well loved game, for years. But, do you know much about how your favorite game became very popular nowadays?

Of course, Bingo started from scratch. And since the 1600s, Bingo has crafted its own history that any Bingo player should somehow appreciate. So, while still waiting for the next Bingo game, let us take a peek at Bingo's past: Here are the various terminologies and significant periods and personalities that help shaped Bingo into what it is now.

1. 1530 - History traces back the ancestor of the Bingo game in Italy around this period. A very popular Italian lottery game known as "Lo Giuoco del Lotto D'Italia." 2. Beano - Beano is the former name of Bingo in the United States of America. This game had been played at country fairs and it involved a dealer ( now known as the "Bingo caller" at traditional Bingo games and "Bingo Master" at online Bingo games.).The dealer is the one entitled to pick a number inside a cigar box. Instead of Bingo, the winning player had to yell "Beano." 3. 1770 - Italy's favorite lottery game was reintroduced in France as "Le Lotto." 4. Le Lotto - This game was popular among very rich Frenchmen. 5. 1800s - Germany soon followed Italy and France. Germans devised their own lotto game, which was primarily to address the learning capabilities of young German kids in mathematics, history and spelling. 6. Atlanta, Georgie - The place where Bingo (then known as Beano) was played. It created a frenzy that kept people awake up to the wee hours of the morning. 7. Edwin S. Lowe - Edwin Lowe was the one who coined the term "Bingo" after hearing someone from the Atlanta country fair shout "Bingo!" instead of "Beano." Lowe was a toy salesman in New York. He decided to play the game among his friends and, later on, introduced it to the public as the Bingo game. 8. Carl Leffler - Carl Leffler was a professor in mathematics at Columbia University. He was hired by Lowe to assist him in increasing the possible number combinations in Bingo cards. Leffler was considered a genius after being able to create 60,000 additional Bingo cards for Lowe. 9. Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania - The state where the priest responsible for introducing the Bingo game to churches. The pries was able to use Bingo as a fun and harmonious way of raising money for the church. With the help of Lowe and Leffler, the Bingo game for the charity causes of churches became a success.

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