Did you know that bingo as we know today has a very long and distinguished history. It is the descendant of an Italian lottery, which was taking place in 1530. Indeed, this lottery still takes place, and makes many Italian players very rich indeed.
In 1778, this Lotto captured the imaginations of the intelligentsia and the game developed. Playing cards became divided into three horizontal and nine vertical rows. Each horizontal row had five numbers and four blank squares in a random arrangement. The vertical rows had the numbers between one and 90 in the various rows. Sounding familiar yet?
From here, the game spread across the Atlantic where a travelling toy salesman saw it being played at a fair. He was so inspired by it that he created even more card variations, and the game that we know and love evolved soon after.
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