It is commonly believed that bingo has its origins in the lottery that originated in Italy in the 1530s. The French elite became involved with the game in the late 18th century. A card with 3 rows and 9 columns was used for the purpose. Bingo also had successive developments in carnival games as was played in Germany and taken to America. Known as 'Beano', the newly named carnival game, had the participants trying to mark the numbers. The winner yelled out BEANO when they completed a line. Edwin S. Lowe, a salesman from New York, saw Beano being played at in Atlanta. He organized the game back home, where the woman who won screamed 'Bingo' instead of 'Beano'.
Technology has made easy the tedious task of figuring out the numerous combinations of letters and numbers on the Bingo cards. With infinite variations of the original game, the fever of the game is fast catching on!