December is Bingo’s Birthday Month
The game of Bingo is believed to have originated from the national lottery game in Italy that began in 1530 (and has been played almost continuously to this day). It made its way to other parts of Europe and evolved to include playing cards and tokens with the numbers called out. In 1929, the game that was then known as Beano was introduced in the US when it was played at a carnival near Atlanta. It was there that toy salesman Edwin S. Lowe encountered an excited crowd playing it. He renamed it Bingo and hired mathematician Carl Leffler to help create at least 6,000 different Bingo cards. By 1934, an estimated 10,000 Bingo games were played weekly, and today more than $90 million dollars are spent on Bingo each week in North America alone.