In the game of Bingo, numbers are generated using special Bingo balls that are mixed and randomly dispersed.
The caller then announces each ball number as the ball is released, and the number is also displayed on the number board for players to see.
Bingo Ball Numbers
In 90 Ball Bingo games there are of course 90 balls, which make up Bingo ball numbers from 1 to 90.
In 75 Ball US rules games, there are 75 balls, which are colour coded and lettered with letters from B, I, N, G and O to match the Bingo board and cards.
During the game, the balls are mixed and released for the caller to announce. Once a ball has been used, it is withdrawn from the game.
The game then continues until the player who has gotten all of their numbers shouts ‘Bingo!’ This could be anything from 30 balls to 60 and above, and varies per game.
Many modern parlors use a Bingo blower to sort the balls.
Blowers are special machines that resemble bubble gum dispensers. The base is usually solid plastic or wood, and the container is made from glass.
A high pressure air jet is fitted into the base, and when the balls are inside and the machine is switched on, the pressure causes the balls to blow up into the glass container. A built-in timer blows and releases the balls at regular intervals.
Blowers are ideal for large bingo groups, especially if they can be kept at the bingo venue. While they are not cheap, it would be a good investment as a well-made blower will last for many years.
Another option for sorting balls is by putting them into a cage.
The cage resembles a large wire barrel on a stand with an opening on one end and a handle on the other end. The bingo balls are placed inside and the handle is turned quickly to shake them up well. Once the balls have been mixed, a single ball is released through the opening.
However you prefer your Bingo balls shaken, the main aim is to get those numbers sorted.