History of Internet Bingo
The history of internet Bingo is based on the game’s early beginnings from a medieval game to the online game played today.
The not-so-humble beginnings of Bingo can be traced to Bingo Lotto, which was first played in Italy in the 1530’s. This game was known as ‘Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia’.
From Italy Lotto made its way to France during the 1770’s, where it was known as ‘Le Lotto’. The game was highly popular amongst the French intelligentsia and upper classes, and was slightly different from the modern Bingo game we know, as instead of chips, the French used balls to mark their patterns. It was during this period that the version of Lotto that was to evolve into Bingo was born. Cards were divided into three horizontal rows and nine vertical columns.
The Lotto game then spread to Germany in the 1800’s, where it was used as a teaching tool to help students learn history, spelling and math skills. Lessons incorporated fun games such as Historical Lotto, Spelling Lotto and Animal Lotto, and these games were considered educational tools until 1929 when it started to become popular with adults as well as children.
Bingo inventor Edward Louw was the man who took the game from its Lotto origins and developed into the Bingo we play today.
An American carnival pitchman touring Germany came across the Lotto game and he saw its potential as a carnival tent game.
He made some changes to the game, including allowing players to complete a row of numbers vertically, horizontally or diagonally and changing the name to Beano.
He was working at the carnival one 1929 near Atlanta when Edwin S. Lowe watched a game and saw its potential.
When he got back home, he made his own version of the game and invited friends over to play. His guests got so excited during the games that one of them shouted ‘Bingo’ instead of ‘Beano’ and the name stuck.
From there, after Carl Lefflor devised millions of card numbers, the game spread to England and the rest is online Bingo history!