Bingo is a direct descendant from a form Italian lottery named Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia, founded in 1530. Word of the game had spread to France in 1778, becoming so popular it was widely played throughout Europe during the early 1800s.
In 1929 the game arrived in North America, where it became known as "Beano," making its debut in Atlanta, Georgia. The game was renamed Bingo by a toy salesman from New York named Edwin S. Lowe, who heard someone accidentally yell "Bingo" supposing to mean Beano. In North America, 90 million US Dollars are reportedly spent on the game every week.
Bingo is usually played in large halls or casinos with very good prize money at stake for the winner. Online casinos have also tapped into the game's popularity, evolving another side of the game with the latest technological advancements.