Bingo History – How it came to be so popular
Bingo History – The Early Origins
There are many reports that the game of Bingo can be traced back to an Italian Lottery called Lo Giuoco which originated in 1530. It is true that Bingo history does find some similarity with lottery games which require random number selection.
There is the suggestion that playing Bingo evolved from the British Armed forces at the end of the 1800’s. The British Army played a game called Housey-Housey which involved marking randomly drawn numbers on a card. The winner covered all the numbers on the card. The Navy had a similar game called Tombola which today we might call a raffle. There was a large naval Garrison in Malta from 1814 and some say that the game was derived there.