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These Bingo Fun Facts are brought to you by BingoLingo.com--a new bingo news and information portal.

The largest Bingo game ever played had 60,000 players. An additional 10,000 players were turned away at the door.

There are 2 million female bingo players who play regularly.

30% of all Bingo players are under the age of 35.

Online Bingo participants are about 80% female and 20% male

96% of all Bingo players have won a game at least once.

The average Bingo game lasts 3 to 6 minutes.

Last year more people played Bingo than attended NFL games.

One calculation shows 552,446,474,061,128,648,601,600,000 possible number arrangements on the standard Bingo card.

Columbia University mathematics professor Carl Leffler is rumored to have gone insane while trying to come up with 6,000 Bingo cards with non repeating numbers.

There are 1,474,200 unique Bingo cards.

The first Bingo game to raise money for charity was played at a church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

According to one survey, the number one reason for playing Bingo is personal enjoyment. Winning money comes in fifth.

Edwin S. Lowe, a toy salesman, is credited with inventing the modern day game of Bingo.

Bingo was introduced in 1930 and by 1934 there were 10,000 Bingo games being played regularly.
 

lojo

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Thanks, that helps to get a picture of the game... I dunno about someone going insane though, it's just math:p
 

SlotsWizard

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There are 1,474,200 unique Bingo cards.
My calculations show that there are 111,007,923,832,370,565 unique Bingo cards. I'm curious how they came up with 1,474,200.

EDIT: I found a description of that calculation Outdated URL (Invalid), but I still think it's incorrect. The five numbers chosen for any one given column can occur at the same time as any other five-number column, so adding them together is incorrect - they need to be multiplied together.

15 * 14 * 13 * 12 * 11 / 5! = 3,003 unique combinations for each of the B,I,G,O lines
15 * 14 * 13 * 12 / 4! = 1,365 unique combinations for the N line

3003 * 3003 * 1365 * 3003 * 3003 = 111,007,923,832,370,565 total unique card combinations

If order is important, then the figure quoted in the OP is correct:
111,007,923,832,370,565 * 5! * 5! * 4! * 5! * 5! = 552,446,474,061,128,648,601,600,000
 

lojo

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And I said 'it's just math':oops: If I wasn't bald I'd be pulling my hair out sorting that:what:
 

lojo

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You mathies are predisposed to it aincha? A Beautiful Mind ring a bell?:D
 

lojo

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The sites I've checked in on seem to be more chat than play, and that fits the demographic the OP noted I think. I like to play the bonus joker bingo on RTG sometimes, but when I p[lay on a bingo site it is usually scratch cards and I like the parlay slots; hollywood reels, sunken treasures (?)etc.
 
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