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Hurrying back to New York he quickly made his own replica of carnival game and invited friends over to play at a specially organised party. It was just a popular there in his appartment to point where one member got so excited that she stumbled over call of "Beano!" to signify she had won and shouted out "BINGO!" instead. The name stuck and when Lowe produced first commercial version of game retailing for just $1 that's name it was marketed with.
Bingo of course never stayed as a parlour game but soon made it's way into being a large multiplayer social gambling event we see today. How it got that way is, unlikely as it sounds, due in large part to efforts of a Pensylvanian priest! The priest needed to find a fundraising event for his church and saw game of bingo as being ideal way to do it. He set up large-scale bingo game events with hundreds of players instead of handful original game had been designed for and idea really took off.
Unfortunately, each game now had tens of winners instead of a few so he commissioned a mathematician to create cards with 6000 unique number combinations, a task which took several months by hand as there were no computers to help back then. Once finished however game of bingo really took off in it's modern form to point where in 1934, just a few years after bingo first hit mass market, there was over 10,000 games being played per week across America. Now of course, bingo is a multi-million dollar industry across world and can be played online 24 hours a day if it takes your fancy.
Mark Falco is the webmaster and owner of A Penny Earned, a UK shopping site and rewards site which lists Free Bingo, Online Games and Free Lotteries amongst other free and fun stuff online.