How to Play Bingo (Classic 1-90)

Never played bingo before? – No problem! This is an introduction to the game for the beginner to this ever popular game.

We will look at the terms used and how to get started at your bingo event.

What is Bingo?

Bingo is a game of chance where random numbers from 1 to 90 are selected and announced by a “Caller” and the participants mark off those numbers on their set of tickets using large pens or markers called dabbers or daubers.

There are various games played, the most common being one line, two lines, four corners and full house.

  • One Line – where one line of 5 numbers match the numbers called
  • Two Lines – where two lines of 5 numbers match the numbers called
  • Full House – where all three lines, 15 numbers, match the numbers called
  • Four Corners – where top left, bottom left, top right and bottom right numbers on one ticket match the numbers called

What Do You Need to Play Bingo?

To be able to start to play bingo there are only a few essentials.

A Caller

A Caller will be the person that runs the bingo game. They operate the number selection equipment and call out the numbers.

The caller will also be responsible for checking all claims before prizes are awarded.

The numbers can be called in a clear voice; ‘one’, ‘twenty two’, etc… or with a rhyming slang called bingo lingo, for instance ‘two little ducks – 22’ which may get an audience response of “quack quack”…..



Bingo Tickets


Bingo Tickets       Each ticket has three rows of nine columns. Each ticket will have a total of 15 numbers printed on each ticket.

Tickets come in various pack sizes with the most common format being either 6 or 12 tickets to view.

When using six to view tickets all 90 numbers will appear on these tickets. With 12 to view, all 90 numbers will appear twice – one set of 90 numbers in the top 6 tickets and another set of 90 numbers in the bottom 6 tickets.

The numbers are organised on the tickets so that they can be found easily as each column contains the numbers as follows; from left to right column 1 contains 1 to 9; column 2 contains 10 to 19; column 3 contains 20 to 29; column 4 contains 30 to 39 up to column 9 which contains 80 to 90.

Tickets can also be bought in book form. Books of tickets can be 6 to view or 12 to view and the number of games (each being a different colour) available in each book range from 2 games to 14 games.

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Method of Selecting Numbers


There are a variety of methods used to provide a random order of numbers from 1 to 90 (UK Bingo). These include numbered balls or counters in a bag, a bingo cage set or an electronic random number generator (Bingo machine).

This is a bingo cage set that has 90 coloured and numbered balls that are dispensed by turning the cage handle.

The white tray (check board) is for locating each called number (from the ball) so that the caller can verify any winning ticket.


Wingo MachineThis is a Wingo 4 electronic bingo machine that shows the caller display (shown on the right).

The caller operates the machine and calls each number displayed. This same number appears on the audience display (shown on the left) until the next number are selected.

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Marking Numbers Called

Bingo TicketHere we show a sample of 6 bingo ticket (6 to view) before any numbers have been called or marked off.

To mark the ticket you can use:


You can see that with 6 to view all 90 numbers are present so each number called will be recorded. Each tickets is perforated so they can be separated



Cash prizes funded by ticket sales can be awarded or useful gifts.


Playing Bingo

Bingo TicketThe caller will announce the colour of the ticket to be used and the game to be played. E.g. four corners.

This example of part of a ticket shows numbers that have been recorded from those numbers called. The pink dabber marks have covered a total of 16 numbers from 39 called with 4 corners covered in the middle ticket (11, 85, 6 and 74). This assumes that four corners is the game being played.

At the time the winning number is called, the player must call out “house” or “bingo” (so the caller can hear). The claim can then be verified by the caller or another member of the bingo organisation.

Going To Bingo

Where ever you decide to play you will be able to buy all you need to take part in the game from with next day delivery.

If you are setting up your own bingo event, make sure you have ample tickets and dabbers to sell and that you have the appropriate bingo calling method available and “tested”.

There are few “rules” to be observed during the game of bingo.

  1. Silence during the game – this allows everyone to concentrate and hear the caller.
  2. Call out as soon as your winning number is called – failure to call before the next number is called, could invalidate your claim!
  3. Be prepared – get there in ample time, have dabbers at the ready and buy your tickets as soon as you arrive. Check out the “rules” as required at the venue.


Examples of Winning Bingo Tickets

These are four examples of winning combinations. The caller will announce what a “win” will be. In some cases, the same tickets will be used for more than one game.

ONE LINE – Here the top line numbers have all been called and recorded

One line Bingo win

TWO LINES – In this case the top two lines have been called and recorded

Two line Bingo win

FOUR CORNERS – This example shows the four corners have been called and recorded. NOTE: 77 is the farthest bottom right.

Four Corner Bingo Win

FULL HOUSE – This example shows that all the numbers on this ticket have been called and recorded

 Full House Bingo Win

Enjoy the game and we hope you soon experience the excitement of calling “Bingo!”

Feel free to ask questions below or to call us on 01371 876699.

Yours, Express Bingo

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