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Bingo Trivia

  • There are 2½ million regular female bingo players.

  • Played by all ages around the world, 30% of bingo players are under the age of 35.

  • Ninety-six percent of bingo players have won at some point while playing.

  • Research shows women are much happier playing bingo, and 15% say they engage in bingo for socializing and companionship.

  • The number one reason for playing bingo is enjoyment - winning money comes in fifth.

  • It is believed that our current day bingo originated from an Italian Lottery called Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia in 1530.

  • A toy salesman, Edwin S. Lowe, brought bingo to the masses with "Lowe's Bingo." The game saved his newly-founded toy company, the E.S. Lowe Company.

  • Bingo debuted in 1930 and by 1934 there were an estimated 10,000 bingo games a week in churches and recreation centers across the country.

  • According to Lowe, the largest bingo game in history was played in New York's Teaneck Armory with 60,000 players - with 10,000 being turned away at the door.

  • University of Columbia mathematics professor Carl Leffler is reported to have gone insane after coming up with 6,000 bingo cards with non-repeating number groups.

  • There are 1,474,200 unique bingo cards possible.

  • The first bingo game to raise money was played at a church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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