From parlors in Italy to pubs in France to carnivals in Pennsylvania to the casino floor at Spirit Mountain—bingo has been a gaming staple for more than 500 years. Here’s how it all began:
The Early Years: An Italian Tradition
Bingo owes its start to Il Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia, a sixteenth century Italian game. The game was played weekly and was sponsored by the Italian government, which used the funds raised to support public projects. To this day, the government sponsors weekly Il Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia games that contribute to the budget.
Expansion: From French Parlors to Pubs
By the mid-1800s, the French were playing a streamlined version of Il Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia. Under the new name Le Lotto, gamers combined cards with a square-covered board. Although Le Lotto was initially a game reserved for the upper class, it soon became popular across all communities.
The Trans-Atlantic Journey: Bingo in the United States
Fast-forward four hundred years to a carnival in western Pennsylvania. An entrepreneur named Hugh J. Ward created an established rule book for Le Lotto. Dried beans were the token of choice, earning the updated version of Le Lotto the moniker ‘Beano.’
In 1929, toymaker Edwin Lowe stumbled on a game of Beano at a carnival and was amazed by the crowd it attracted. He brought the game back to New York with him, and legend has it that a friend became so excited at her win that she mistakenly shouted “BINGO!”
Bingo Promotions at Spirit Mountain
There are plenty of opportunities to shout 'Bingo!' at Spirit Mountain. Sunday through Thursday, we offer bingo programsthat keep the atmosphere fun and the winning potential high. Upcoming promotions include:
St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Bash: Thursday, March 17th
Sales start at 5pm -- Warm-ups at 7pm -- Regular games at 7:30pm
A $35 buy-in gets you a 6-On Pack, a Blackout Pack, and the opportunity to strike gold. All regular games pay out $1,000 and blackouts pay up to $2000.
Birthday Matinee Session: Sunday, February 28th
Sales start at 1pm -- Regular games at 2pm
February babies, join us at the Sunday Matinee Session to receive your free single pay pack. You’ll get a chance to win up to $100 for the session and a slice of complimentary birthday cake.
If you’ve ever exclaimed “Bingo!” you can appreciate why it stands out as one of the most popular games of all time. Join us at Spirit Mountain Casino for fun-filled sessions of this gaming classic.