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Eyes Down - bingo facts

* Bingo was played by the Romans and was recorded as a children's game under the name of Lotto in 1778.

* Bingo was popular in the early 1900s, but was properly established by American toy salesman Edwin S. Lowe in 1929.

* Commercial bingo first exploded onto the scene in the UK in the 1960s.

* More than three million people play bingo regularly in the UK.

* The National Bingo Game is the second largest computer-controlled game in the UK.

* Around 500 clubs link together to play the National Game every day, except Christmas Day.

* There are 688 licensed bingo clubs in the UK.

* Eight per cent of the population play bingo - 10% of all women and 5% of all men.

* There are approximately 20,000 people employed in the bingo industry.

* The UK's biggest bingo win was £950,000 on Sunday 22 December 2002.

* Total prize money won since the National Bingo Game started in 1986 presently stands at £725,179,338.

* Celebrities love bingo! Denise Van Outen is a big bingo fan, as are Catherine Zeta Jones and Robbie Williams.

* The most common reasons for playing bingo are because it's fun, it offers companionship and the chance to socialise.

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