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Bingo: Big Wins & How to Score

The Beginning of the Balls

Bingo is one of the oldest forms of gambling, with a 500-year history. The game is said to have originated in Italy, was picked up in France, and then made its way to the United Kingdom. It was more like a lottery game when it first started, rather than the game we all know and love today.

It wasn't until the game was played in France that it began to change and resemble the game we know today. It had become a hugely popular game in Britain by the 18th century, with players from all over the country participating and trying to get lucky. It wasn't given the name "Bingo" until it arrived in the United States in the early 1900s. Surprisingly, it grew in popularity during the war, allegedly because sometimes there was little else to do to pass the time.

Many years later, we arrived in the online era. Everything was going digital in the 1990s, and bingo was no exception. The first online bingo website, Cyber Bingo, was launched in 1996. Bingo had always been known as a social hobby, so many people thought it would never work because it was dependent on the internet. It took several years for it to truly take off.

Another stumbling block was that bingo was more popular with the older generation, who did not use technology at the time. However, the online bingo industry exploded as chat rooms evolved. People of all ages began to learn and use technology.

When the game entered the mobile gaming market in 2013, it took another significant step forward. Players can now play bingo games at any time and from any location. Since then, the market's revenue has risen year after year. The bingo halls, on the other hand, did not give up without a fight. They adapted bingo nights by adding themed events, restaurants and music to attract a younger crowd, which has proven successful.

Biggest Wins

More than three million people play bingo on a regular basis in the United Kingdom and with jackpots reaching new highs, it should come as no surprise that there have been some big bingo winners.

The majority of bingo prizes are small and consist of a pot determined by the number of people who enter each bingo game. However, when you go online and play linked games run by major bingo brands across several sites, the value of the prizes increases. When you add in the constantly growing progressive jackpots, you have a recipe for some lucky person to win life-changing sums of money.

John Orchard, a former factory worker, is one of the most famous bingo winners. He won the world's largest-ever online prize after playing just 30p at an online bingo site one day. Orchard was awarded a whopping £5.9 million and wasted no time in realising his ambitions. It wasn't long before he was planning vacations, and a Jaguar XF was parked in front of his house. Orchard lavished gifts on his friends and family and purchased a new home in Lincolnshire, where he and his wife now enjoy a happy retirement.

Lisa Potter won £1.3 million after placing a £5 bingo bet. Lisa, who was 33 at the time, was taken aback when she won a million dollars on an online bingo flutter. Lisa has bought a new car, gone on luxury vacations, and is the proud owner of a new home since her big win.

Soraya Lowell from South Lanarkshire went from cleaning houses to being a millionaire thanks to a £1.2 million bingo jackpot win in the winter of 2008. She split her winnings with her bingo partner and neighbour, Agnes O'Neil. Unfortunately, O'Neil died of an illness only a few weeks after receiving the generous gift. Lowell and her husband divorced soon after. Lowell declared bankruptcy in 2012, but she is still the UK's biggest ever in-house bingo winner.

Making a profit

While we all know bingo is a game of luck, we can do a few things to improve our chances of winning. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Use your bingo knowledge to purchase as many cards as you can. Is it true that playing a large number of cards increases your chances of winning? Yes, it is! Assume there are 100 players in a game, and each has purchased six cards. There are 600 cards in total. So, you decide to buy 20 more cards to gain an advantage over your opponents. The game now has 620 cards in it. This means you have 20 chances out of 620 to win the game, whereas the other players have only six out of 620 or less than 1%.

Because a number cannot appear on a bingo card more than once, each card has the same chance of winning. However, you can increase your chances of winning by choosing cards that don't duplicate the numbers on their other cards, increasing your chances of having at least one card with the number called.

Because the odds are based on the number of cards being played in a particular game, you will have a better chance of winning if you play when the games are less crowded. There will be less competition for the jackpot, and bingo halls are required by law to award the prize regardless of the number of people who participate in the game.