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The Italians first played bingo in the 18th century and called it lotto.
It was taken up by British troops at the beginning of the 20th century and became known as house (possibly because of a tenuous connection with the stock exchange, known in slang as "the house") and, the call used to assemble a group for a game of house was "housey-housey". This catch phrase soon became the British name for the game itself.
Today, the cry of "bingo" by a winner on completing his/her card is used in most places as the name of the game.
The English and Australian version of the game is played with special rectangular cards divided into three horizontal and nine vertical rows.
Each horizontal row has five numbered and four blank squares in random arrangement. The vertical rows contain from left to right respectively, numbers selected from 1 to 10, 11 to 20, 21 to 30 and,so on up to 90. No two cards are exactly alike.
Machines which are sometimes used to mix and select the numbers may be either wire mesh cages, glass or plastic blower machines. Many are partly or fully automatic.
The balls are released from the machine one at a time. Many establishments have a master board connected to a lighted signal board, this displays the numbers as they are placed on the master board and can also be used to check previously called numbers.
Some bingo centres use random number generators connected to large electronic display boards, as a ball is called the number lights up and remains lit until the game is completed. The board also displays the number of balls called at any time.
As each ball emerges from the selector machine or the number selected by the random number generator, the caller announces its number, holders of cards containing that number cover it on their cards. The holder of the first card to have all its numbers covered is the winner.
There are, of course, variations. The most popular is to have minor prizes for the first player to cover one row of numbers. There are as many ways of deciding minor prizes as the promoters like to devise. A prize is some time paid to the first player to cover a line in any direction, or to cover the numbers in the four corners of the card.
The assessment of chances does not normally enter into bingo, as each player, or rather each card, has an equal chance of winning.

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