Bingo is a game that originated in France and was played with a ball and a card. The word “bingo” is an Americanized version of the French “bingeau” which means “large, round token.” The first bingo card was printed by Edwin S. Lowe in 1929, and used for fundraising among local churches.
In 1941, Lowe wanted to recreate the excitement of this game as a commercial venture so he organized the first official bingo game at a church’s parish carnival near Philadelphia.
Today, bingo is played all over the world. Bingo cards come in different forms; some are paper-based while others use electronic boards or tablets that work wirelessly and can be connected to printers and screens.