played with randomly drawn numbers which players match against numbers that have been pre-printed on 5×5 matrices.

The matrices may be printed on paper or card stock, or electronically represented, and are referred to as cards. Many versions conclude the game when the first person achieves a specified pattern from the drawn numbers.

 The winner is usually required to call out the word "Bingo!", which alerts the other players and caller of a possible win. All wins are checked for accuracy before the win is officially confirmed at which time the prize is secured and a new game is begun. In this version of bingo, players compete against one another for the prize or jackpot.

Alternative methods of play try to increase participation by creating excitement. 
Since its invention in 1929, modern bingo has evolved into multiple variations, with each jurisdiction's gambling laws regulating how the game is played. 

There are also nearly unlimited patterns that may be specified for play. Some games require only one number to be matched, while cover-all games award the jackpot for covering an entire card.

 There are even games that award prizes to players for matching no numbers or achieving no pattern. See "Variations" for more details.

A typical Bingo game utilizes the numbers 1 through 75.
Hard-way bingo is a bingo pattern in a straight line without the use of the free space. 

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A player wins by completing a row, column, or diagonal. The most chips one can place on a Bingo board without having a Bingo is 19, not counting the free space. 

In order for this to happen, only one empty cell can reside in each row and each column, and at least one empty cell must be in each 


 Single games often have multiple bingos; for example, the players first play for a single line; after that, play goes on until a full card is called; then, play continues for a consolation full card. The game of bingo can be traced back to lottery.