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bingo

[bing-goh]

Game of chance played with cards having a grid of numbered squares corresponding to numbered balls drawn at random. When a number on the card is drawn, the players cover that number (should they have it); the game is won by covering a certain number of squares in a row (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally). Cards are purchased and proceeds are placed into a common “pot”; winning cards are awarded a portion of the pot. Wildly popular in the mid 20th century, bingo has in recent decades suffered a decline in America but has increased in popularity in other parts of the world. The earliest name for bingo—lotto—was recorded in Britain in 1776; the game is sometimes called keno in the U.S.

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Bingo may refer to:

Games

  • Bingo (card game)
  • Bingo (UK), or Housie, a game using a printed ticket of 15 numbers on three lines; most commonly played in the UK, Australia and New Zealand
  • Bingo (U.S.), a game using a printed ticket of randomly-generated 5x5 numbers; most commonly played in the USA and Canada
  • Online bingo, games played on the Internet
  • Bingo (Scrabble), a term used in the game Scrabble in North America
  • Bing Bing! Bingo, a Super Famicom video game

Arts

Music

  • Bingo (song), a folk song about a dog
  • Bingo (album), a solo album by Bela B., a member of the German band Die Ärzte
  • Bingoboys, a dance music trioFilm
  • Bingo (film), a 1991 film about a dogStage
  • Bingo (play), by Edward Bond, about the last days of William ShakespeareLiterature
  • Bingo Brown, the preteen protagonist of four novels by Betsy Byars, known as That Wilkin Boy
  • Bingo Little, a character in a number of books by comic author P. G. Wodehouse

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