The Story of Bingo – from its Roots to Free Bingo Games for Cash
Bingo and lotteries have a lot in common, both relying on the luck of the draw. The early lotteries emerged in Italy in the 16th century, with the Sunday afternoon “Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia” proving a great attraction for those looking for an easy path to wealth. Although originally a pastime of the social elites, it’s not hard to see how such a simple concept swept across the populations of France, the UK and Germany – finding its true international appeal when it broke that most legendary of all markets: America. The version developed in the New World is likely to have involved numbers drawn from a cigar box, and beans used to cover those same numbers on game cards – hence the evolution of the name “bingo” from “beano”.
Here is a list of the highest lottery winnings (data from the BBC):
- First place – £504.7 million – 2012
- Second place – £499 million – 2013
- Third place – £454 million – 2013
- Fourth place – £452 million – 2012
- Fifth place – £434 – 2015