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ADMISSION PACKET
An Admission Packet is the minimum number of cards or paper packs that must be purchased to take part in the game. Six to twelve cards usually comprise the admission packet for every regular, and sometimes, special game. The content and price of an Admission Packet varies across different bingo halls.
AUDITRACK™
Enables the game operator to determine how many sheets each seller has been allotted and how many sheets have been sold.
BINGO
Bingo is a specific game of chance in which participants use cards, paper sheets, or card minding device representations thereof, divided into horizontal and vertical spaces, each of which is designated by a letter and a number, and prizes are awarded on the basis of the letters and numbers on the card conforming to a predetermined and preannounced configuration of letters and numbers selected at random.
BINGO BALLS
Originally made of wood; bingo balls are now made of plastic and are similar to ping pong balls. They come in sets of 75 and are mixed in a console or blower chamber to randomly select numbers for the caller.
BINGO CONSOLE/MACHINE
A wood or metal cabinet, consisting of a blower chamber and a master board, used to operate a bingo game. Device with a receptacle, or hopper, for the unselected bingo balls, a blower for selecting the balls, and a ball tray that contains seventy-five holes in which to place the ball once it is called. Some people call them desks.
BINGO EVENT GAME
An event game means a type of pull tab game, with or without a seal card, that is designed by the manufacturer so that certain prizes are determined by the draw of a bingo ball.
BINGO PAPER PACK OR BINGO BOOKLET
A bingo paper pack or booklet means a group of specific numbered bingo paper sheets of different colors that are manufactured and collated together all containing the same number of faces (ON's) to be played for each game at a bingo session. They are bound in the order in which they will be played.
BLOWER
A forced-air device that mixes the bingo balls and dispenses them to the caller who announces the number and displays it on a bingo board.
BONANZA BINGO
Bonanza bingo is a progressive coverall Jackpot that is usually played as the 13th game of the session. Forty-five numbers are drawn before the session and players mark them on separate cards and set aside. There is an additional fee to play this game, usually $1. The countdown for a bonanza game begins at 48 numbers or less and goes up one number per week to 52 numbers or until won. The amount of the jackpot is determined by card sales for that game.
BOOK
Two (2) or more sheets glued together. Can be either in straight goods or collations.
BREAK OPEN
A multi-ply card, made completely from paper or paper products, with perforated break open tab or tabs. These perforated tabs cover a series of numbers or symbols which determine whether any particular ticket is a winner or non-winner. A break open is another name for a pull tab, instant bingo ticket, tear-offs, pickles, cherries, lucky 7's, peel-offs, bell jars, Nevada's or club tickets.
BUY-IN
The price charged for a "Packet" of bingo paper for an event's play. Different buy-in levels are offered based on the player's ability to play (and pay). Buy-in levels consist of different packets of early birds, regular session, specials and nite owls.
Bingo Lingo
Bingo as we know it today is a form of lottery and is a direct descendant of Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia. When Italy was united in 1530, the Italian National Lottery Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia was organized, and has been held, almost without pause, at weekly intervals to this date. Today the Italian State lottery is indispensable to the government’s budget, with a yearly contribution in excess of 75 million dollars.
In 1778 it was reported in the French press that Le Lotto had captured the fancy of the intelligentsia. In the classic version of Lotto, which developed during this period, the playing card used in the game was divided into three horizontal and nine vertical rows. Each horizontal row had five numbered and four blank squares in a random arrangement. The vertical rows contained numbers from 1 to 9 in the first row, 10 to 19 in the second row, etc.., up to 90. Each horizontal row had 5 numbers.
No two Lotto cards were alike. Chips numbered from 1 to 90 completed the playing equipment. Players were dealt a single Lotto card, then the caller would draw a small wooden, numbered token from a cloth bag and read the number aloud. The players would cover the number if it appeared on their card. The fi rst player to cover a horizontal row was the winner. In the 1800’s educational Lotto games became popular. A German Lotto game of the 1850’s was designed to teach children
their multiplication tables. There were other educational Lotto games such as ‘Spelling Lotto,’ ‘Animal Lotto,’ and ‘Historical Lotto.” Even in today’s highly competitive toy and game market, Lotto is holding its own; Milton Bradley sells a Lotto game featuring the Sesame Street Muppets. The game is designed to provide children in the 3 to 6 year age range with a splash of fun while, at the same time, teaching them to count and recognize numbers.
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