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"Bingo Barge Murder" is one of several books about the game available at the Detroit Lakes Library. Submitted Photo

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Do you know the history of bingo?

According to Mary Bellis' article "The History of Bingo," the game was invented in Italy in the 16th century, originally called "beano" because beans were used to cover the squares on the cards.


"Beano" found its way to America in 1929, where entrepreneur, Edwin Lowe saw it being played at a carnival.

He heard a player mistakenly shout "bingo!" upon winning, and decided that was the perfect name for the game.

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