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Bingo, (originally called Housey Housey and later Lotto) is a social gambling game played in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Players mark off numbers on a ticket as they are randomly called out, in order to achieve a winning combination.

Very popular at lots of clubs and a favourite past-time at the seaside. There are specialist bingo clubs and bingo is big business with some very big prizes to be won. It can be played for fun, but is generally played for cash or prizes.

Many locations throughout the UK cater for playing bingo. at a seaside resort you might find bingo being played in an arcade. Head to the specialist clubs for serious bingo games. Old persons clubs tend to play bingo games for prizes.

Anyone from 9 to 90 can play. It is fun for all ages. More than two in three people go to bingo for social, rather than financial reasons.

All that is needed is a good ear and attention to detail, as you mark off each number as it is called out. no special abilities are required.

The UK bingo industry employs over 20,000 people from callers, and change givers to cleaners and accountants. Over 3 million people regularly play bingo in licensed clubs. Serious clubs tend to have Electronic Random Number Generators for drawing numbers. Where bingo is played for fun, you tend to find the numbers being called by their nicknames. Such as Two Fat Ladies - 88 or Top of the Shop 90 (90 is the highest number on a standard bingo card or ticket)

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