Bingo 

Bingo is a popular game of chance.  It is the most popular form of low-cost gambling in the world. 

A form of this game has been around for hundreds of years.  In 1530 in Italy a game called lotto was first started.  Bingo is a derivative of lotto.  In 1778 the people of France started playing a similar game. In the 1800s educational lotto games were popular and the German lotto was designed to tach children their tables.   A version of the game was popular in the early 20th century in Australia and it was called Housie.  The winner of this game was called House.  Originally, in America the game was called keno. Kino or po-keno (depending on the location). 

In the United States during the Great Depression of the 1930s bingo was especially popular.  In fact, movie theatres promoted a version of the game which they sometimes called screeno.  The movie theatre would designate one night each week as bank night and the patrons would receive free bingo cards with their admission tickets.   Prizes would be awarded to the winners of the bingo games and these prices often amounted to several hundred dollars in cash or merchandise. 

To play bingo each player has one or more cards divided into numbered squares in a 5×5 grid. At the top of each column of squares is a letter.  The letters at the top of the card are BINGO.  No two bingo cards are identical.  Numbered balls are drawn at random and the player covers the number called on their own card.  When a player is the first to complete a specified arrangement of numbers on the bingo card the player yells Bingo and is the winner. 

Depending on the game being played a win may come from a straight column, a diagonal column, a horizontal column, four corners, etc. 

Bingo is legal in many states that prohibit other forms of gambling.  Bingo is often played in church halls or at charity organization functions such as the American Legion.  At one-time bingo was considered a game played by old ladies.  Now it is popular with people of both sexes and all ages.  There are versions of bingo made especially for children.  Bingo is available as a game of chance in online casinos right along with blackjack and poker.  There are commercial bingo halls in the United States offering games. 

The game of bingo is as popular now as it was a couple hundred years ago.  It is not a game of skill so there are no experts with unfair advantages.  Bingo is all about random luck and that is probably what makes it so popular. 

There are various types of equipment used in playing bingo.  This is in addition to the bingo cards.  A bingo blower is one such piece of equipment.  It is a motor-driven device that holds bingo balls.  The machine continually mixes the balls and then a chute on the blower randomly pulls a ball out for the caller of the bingo game.  A bingo blower ensures a random calling of each game. 

The bingo blower comes in various sizes.  The players are able to see the balls being mixed inside the blower. 

Bingo is all about luck.  After many years, it remains a popular game.