National Bingo Day- 27th
Bingo had a major impact on the recreational culture of the 1930s. The game was immediately successful because of two main factors: Bingo allowed Americans to participate in a game that required little to no payment, and it presented the possibility of winning a prize. Edwin Lowe, the creator of Bingo, stumbled upon the game by accident. While on a business trip, Lowe stopped at a carnival. Most of the carnival was shutting down; however, Lowe noticed a booth at which participants were playing a game called “beano.” He began to construct his own version. In one early trial of the game’s commercial viability, a woman became so excited about winning the game that she stammered “Bingo!” The name stuck.
Bingo had a significant financial and cultural impact on the United States during the 1930s. By 1934, ten thousand Bingo games were played on a weekly basis. It was also played in movie theaters. Movie theater owners used “Bingo Night” as a way to lure customers. Because of Bingo’s ties to gambling, judiciary measures across the country were taken in order to control “bank night,” another name for Bingo. Nonetheless, the game continued to thrive throughout most of the 1930s. --Bingo (Game)
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