# Bingo Rules And Strategy

## Read this article to find out how to play and how to win at the gameof Bingo!

Millions of people across the United States enjoy playing Bingo at local churches and Bingo halls.

Usually, the prizes for winning are paid out in cash. The game is basically played by using numbered cards, markers, a set of numbered and lettered balls, and a cage. The cards have the word "B-I-N-G-O" printed across the top. All of the letters represent a column of randomly placed numbers. Each Bingo card has twenty-four numbers and one free space. Therefore, each card has twenty-five separate spaces on it.

The caller of the game places the numbered and lettered balls into the cage, then he or she closes the door. The cage is turned so the balls are mixed up. Then, he or she opens the cage and draws out one ball. The caller then announces to the players what is on the ball.

The balls in a Bingo game are specifically numbered and lettered. That is, the "B" column contains numbers from one to fifteen; the "I" column contains only numbers from sixteen to thirty; the "N" column contains only four numbers from thirty-one to forty-five; plus, this column also contains the free space; the "G" column contains only numbers from forty-six to sixty; and, finally, the "O" column contains only numbers from sixty-one to seventy-five.

So, the caller will say something like, "B-1" or "I - 25" or "O -70". Each player then checks their cards for the number and letter that is called. If they have it on their card, they use a marker or a dabber to blank out that square.

The game then continues play until one or more players have five spaces blanked out. The five spaces must be either horizontal, vertical, or in a diagonal row across the Bingo card. Once a person has this order of spaces marked on their card, they call out, "Bingo!"

Note: Sometimes, a caller will change the game by announcing before a new one starts, that a Bingo can also be having markers on all four corners of a card. Or, having dabbers that make the letter "L", et cetera.

The caller or another official of the game checks the person's card to validate the winning numbers and letters. If they match the numbers that were called, then he or she wins a cash prize. If there is more than one winner in a game, then the cash prize is divided up among all of the winners.

Then, all of the players purchase new Bingo cards, and a new game begins.

Some people believe that the game of Bingo is purely based on chance. That's why some diehard Bingo players stand Kewpie dolls, trolls, rabbit feet, and other "good luck" charms by their playing area.

One thing is for sure, if you don't pay close attention to the numbers and letters that are called, and keep your cards marked, then your chances of winning are surely reduced!

A good strategy is to play several Bingo cards at once. The more the cards, the better your chances are of winning. But, never play more cards than you can pay attention to!

Just like with playing the lottery games, the law of averages designates that all numbers have the same chance of winning. However, some people only play certain lottery numbers AND Bingo cards that have certain numbers on them too.

For example, it is said that under the "B" column, you should choose a card that has lower numbers. Under the "G" column, the numbers should be forty nine and higher, and so on. So, if you play Bingo on a regular basis, it might increase your odds of winning if you can find a pattern of numbers that win on a regular basis.

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