To play bingo, which is kind of like a lottery, each player purchases one or more
cards divided into numbered and blank squares. A caller or banker picks numbers
randomly, usually up to 75 or 90 in all. As the numbers are called, all of the
players scan their card or cards to see if that number appears. If the number
appears it is marked off for the duration of the game. The first player to achieve
a card (or a line) in which all of the numbers have been called shouts "bingo"
and collects the stake money (usually less a specified percentage, if that is
permitted by local law). In a popular variation, the central square on the card
is free, and the first player on whose card five of the called numbers appear
in a row (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally) is the winner. The prize may
be anything from plush toys to thousands of dollars in cash, to cars, and with
the advent of online bingo, who knows? Bingo is legal in most U.S. states that
prohibit other forms of gambling. It is permitted in Ireland when the profits
are for charity; and it is closely regulated in the United Kingdom, where lotto
halls were subjected to a tax in 1966.
The best way to learn how to play bingo is by checking out our free bingo game!
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