Interesting Bingo Facts & News

Did you know that bingo is actually good for you? We've searched the web for some interesting bingo related facts and news stories.

1. Did You Know....

Bingo Boosts the Brain: Playing bingo can keep the mind in trim - and the older you are the more agile you may be, researchers have found at Southampton University. Similar studies at Harvard University showed social activities, such as playing games like bingo or going shopping, are just as good for their health as physical exercise.

Bus Bingo: Arriva the bus company has launched Bus Bingo to encourage people to leave their cars behind and use public transport. Bingo callers are aboard the buses and passengers can play as they travel!

Bingo is the best game to play for your chance to become a millionaire. According to a study at Cambridge University when the National Bingo link up game takes place the chances of winning 1million are 200,000-1!

Movies about bingo are pretty rare, but in 2010 Bingo Confidential was unveiled in The USA. Films titled Bingo feature a runaway circus dog (1991), a man psychologically brutalized by circus characters (1998) and a terrorist plot against a right wing politician in an election campaign (1974).

The world record for the world's largest online bingo game is held by ITV's Bingo Night Live. The game on 10th October 2008 offered up a massive 60,000 guaranteed prize. Despite the interest in the prize money, the programme was pitifully bad and it was axed on 15th November 2008.

2. TV, Celebrity and Bingo

Online bingo games have been endorsed by various celebrities including Peter Andre, Vinnie Jones, Clare Sweeney, Mel B, Verne Troyer, Kerry Katona, Katie Price, Vic Reeves, Sharon Osbourne, Jim Bowen, Christopher Biggins, Barbara Windsor, Nikki Grahame and Gavin Henson.

A number of ITV shows have attracted sponsorship deals and these include Tombola (Emmerdale), Bet365 Bingo (Emmerdale), Foxy Bingo (Jeremy Kyle), ITV Bingo (Jeremy Kyle), Think Bingo (Jeremy Kyle), Cheeky Bingo (Jeremy Kyle), The Only Way is Essex (Wink Bingo) and ITV Daytime (Redbus Bingo). ITV shows have also been the inspiration for bingo variations and these include X Factor, Saturday Night Takeaway, Take Me Out, Britain's Got Talent and even Coronation Street!

3. Some Interesting Bingo Facts

More than 3 million regular players in UK
Total annual stake money about 1.1bn
One in five Scots plays regularly, compared with only one in 20 in south of England
70% of players are female
The average age of players is 47
The average player spends 15-20 a night, not counting winnings
Bingo is played by Kylie, Cher Lloyd, Denise Van Outen, Elle MacPherson, and Take That.
The biggest National Bingo win ever was 956,000.
There are 552,446,474,061,129,000,000,000,000 bingo card combinations!

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