The History of Bingo

Few know that the first game of bingo was played almost 500 years ago in Italy, under a very similar name “Beano”. Due to the fact that it has an uncomplicated nature and presents anyone with the same chances of winning, it gained a huge popularity and the positive sentiment towards it never vanished. Half a century after its inception it spread to France and it took over Europa in the 1800s.

It only reached its full potential when it traveled across the Atlantic ocean, brought in by Edwin S. Lowe, a toy salesman. He introduced it to the New York audience and made several adjustments, including the card boards and rubber numbers stamps. What began as a harmless entertainment, quickly grew out of proportions and from Lowe’s apartment it spread across the entire nation. It is said that the name bingo became official when one of the players uttered this word instead of the game’s true name “beano”.

Those who visit will find out another juicy little nugget about this game, namely the fact that it was played in churches for long periods of time. Wilkes-Barre was a priest from Pennsylvania who saw the potential of raising the needed funds by organizing games of bingo in his church. His partnership with Lowe exceed even the most optimistic expectations, as players from all over the community flocked. Now pretty much anyone can enjoy it in its online version, for small amounts and even for free by choosing the play money bingo games.

Conspiracy theorists get food for thought

A recent event that occurred in Arizona is bound to fuel the suspicions that many conspiracy theorists share about the lottery. Those who claim that the game is either rigged or can be beaten by those who have access to information, will love the news coming from Phoenix. The owner of Hughes Performance went to purchase his weekly Mega Millions tickets and for celerity choose the quick pick option. When he got back to the office and presented the employees with the recently bought tickets, one of them noticed that two of them were identical.

Granted it is possible for such an event to occur, having two tickets printed by the same machine in a matter of seconds is borderline incredible. Naturally, Jan Bleichroth didn't hesitate to inform the lottery officials and they reacted immediately by promising to investigate the matters. It is very difficult for them to explain what appears to be a severe malfunction of the machine but took it in for further investigations. There were no similar recorded events in the past, but even if this is a premiere the consequences can be significant especially for the lottery's image.

This game is only as good as its reputation, and with the odds of winning the big prize being dismal, the last thing that players need is to have doubts about the lottery's integrity. The sooner the officials come up with a convincing conclusion the better will be for those who have grew to love this game of luck and purchase tickets frequently. Upsetting as this situation might be, players shouldn't overreact and worry excessively because nobody has the interest of rigging a game that generates huge profits for everyone involved. The incident only proves that those in charge should take better care of the system they manage.