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Bingo, a game we love to play on an almost daily basis. Truth be told if it were up to us we would play all day, every day if we could, unfortunately, something called life can tend to get in the way occasionally, including the need to eat and sleep.
To celebrate our love of the game we have put together an infographic featuring a few bingo facts that we found interesting, and hope you do too.
1. The largest online bingo site win – £5.9 million
Jobcentre worker, 60, scooped the world’s biggest ever online bingo site win after landing £5.9 million jackpot from a bet of just 30p on the Dark Knight video slot, in 2012. (Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2247493/Jobcentre-worker-60-scoops-biggest-online-bingo-win-landing-5-9MILLION-jackpot.html)
2. Over 100 million players worldwide of which approximately 80% are women, 20% men
The figures are not exact and open to debate, but most studies put the split in the ratio between bingo players sexes as around 75-85% women, 15-25% men, we went with the middle on this and a recent trend has shown that the percentage of men taking up the game is in fact increasing. (Source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232865045_Bingo_playing_in_the_UK_The_influence_of_demographic_factors_on_play)
3. Originally played in 1500s Italy and known as ‘Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia’
The game itself, not originally called Bingo, is thought to have had its roots in Italy in the 16th century, specifically, around 1530 Bingo originates from the Italian lottery, Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bingo_(United_Kingdom))
4. Bingo players are more mentally agile than non-bingo players
According to researchers at University Southampton, bingo is actually known to relieve stress! The researchers found that playing the game keeps your brain alert and generally makes bingo players more mentally agile than non-bingo players. (Source: http://www.gamblingtreatment.net/bingo-quiz/)