It is hard to imagine that bingo has been in the world since over six hundred years ago when it was first invented in Italy as a form of lottery. As simple as it is, it makes sense that bingo would find its way across the world and be loved by many different cultures, but there is no way to express the profound change that would take place when a native New Yorker found the game called ‘beano’ at a carnival and took it back to his beloved home of New York City as a way to make his family some extra cash. He saw that he had a great idea and it spread all across the United States fairly quickly because the Great Depression proved many wanted a low cost form of fun that they could learn quickly and easily in their effort to escape from the troubles of that time period. These early roots put bingo in a solid position for the next stage when it would come to be used in American schools as a way to teach children numbers and other small facts the same way it had been in Germany hundreds of years earlier. This, combined with the fact that charity groups loved to use the game to help raise funds, meant that a growing number of Americans would be very familiar with bingo. So by the time the TV changed the way that Americans socialized, bingo was already in a good position to become popular since it was a very communal type of game that brought people together and gave them a shot at great cash prizes. All of these factors positioned bingo quite well for the events that were to come next in its development into the form we know today.
The earth shaking event that would change the world of bingo forever was the arrival of the world wide web as a way that people could connect with one another and share information. Of course, they also wanted to have fun and early on, developers came to see that out of all the possible games to offer for those who wanted to wager for cash prizes, bingo was the one that most people already knew. This meant they did not need to struggle to learn anything and that made the sites quite popular right off the bat. This ease of use made bingo one of the hottest games on the net and created a large fan base right away, but even though it was impressive in those days, it is nothing compared to what happened once the UK developers got in on the act. In the UK bingo was already a big past time, so it makes sense that once it got taken online there would be tons of people who wanted to be able to play 24 hours a day. The craze caught on there and now there are more than a billion pounds earned in the industry each year in the UK alone.