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Getting to Grips with Balls

Do you remember watching the national lottery machine fire up in the 90s? A time when Mystic Meg graced our screens and millions of us were glued to the television on a Saturday night (it was only once per week in those days) to see if our luck was in. Times have sadly changed since then. Now we seem to have about ten lottery draws every single day, and the excitement of tuning in is not quite what it was when the hype was ripe. But, lottery balls, bingo balls... they have a certain similarity do they not? Are they the same thing? How are they numbered? In this article, we'll look at all things balls. Just don't cough.




Bingo is really an extended lottery game, just with added fun. Players try to form a pattern by marking off whichever numbers are drawn from the bingo tub/machine, although the amount of balls and types of pattern change depending on the game, hall or online service you're using to indulge.

Bingo Game Types

American bingo games typically feature 75 balls of a multi-coloured nature. There is also 90 ball bingo, often played in the UK and 80 ball bingo for Keno bingo. Each ball is numbered, from 1 to 75, and each of these numbers if assigned a specific letter on your Bingo cards. Usually numbers 1-15 are in B, 16-30 in I, 31-45 in N, 46-60 in G and the remainder are in O. These numbers won't appear in another row, so you'll need to match a number in each row to spell out the word, Bingo, if that's your particular pattern type.


The balls themselves will vary depending on where you're playing, but the basic premise is to have a base colour which represents a number (or group of numbers), with the number itself contained in a white circle within that colour. Usually a small letter appears above the number indicating the column the number resides in. This helps the bingo caller and ultimately the player. The standard base colorus are blue for B, red for I, white for N, black for G and yellow for the O.


Why 75?


The game is easier to follow if there aren't two many numbers. 75 is a happy medium between too many and enough to create a chance element to the game. Each column contains 15 numbers, which is about enough for anyone to handle


Clearly in the UK, people decided they were up for a challenge and 90 number bingo was brought into place. The cards in the UK are also usually called tickets, and are made up of a 3x9 grid. Numbers are gain, apportioned by column. You can see a typical bingo ticket below.


So, I hope that has filled in your ball knowledge for today. If you fancy having a sneaky play, take a look at the best offers the bingo world has to offer right now, and get marking.