Housie Bingo Cards

Housie cards (1) All housie cards offered for sale for any one game of housie must— (a) contain the same number of game numbers arranged in a similar pattern; (b) be of the same design; (c) at the commencement of the game, stand an equal chance of winning the series and any part series. This is like an audio-enabled bingo cage in your pocket. This app is a replacement for your bingo cages. Play Bingo/Tambola/Housie anywhere, anytime with a small group of friends or play in a big party with many people. You can even use this Bingo Number Generator app in places where it is not possible to use a bingo cage at all, like while traveling with a group of friends in a bus.

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90-ball bingo: some fun backstory

This version of bingo is also called “Housie” or “House” bingo, and it is very popular all over the world. It goes back all the way to sixteenth century Italy, where it was played on Saturdays. Unlike many other chance-based games, bingo was considered a respectable game suitable to be played by the whole family. The modern bingo card was invented by Edwin S. Lowe in 1929 – and he even hired a maths professor to optimise the possible number of combinations on the cards, until he had 6000 different cards on the go.

The game

Aside from family bingo, 90-ball bingo is also a serious game which can be played for cash or considerable prizes. 90-ball bingo requires that the winner be the first to match all the numbers on his or her ticket with the numbers randomly called out by the game announcer, who pulls then out of a randomiser. And if you’re lucky enough to hold a winning ticket, you get to shout out ‘bingo!’

The card lay-out

The 90-ball version of bingo is played with tickets which are ruled in a 3 by 9 grid, with 15 numbers in total, five numbers and four empty boxes per row. They are spread out sequentially, with 1 to 9 in the very first column, all the way to 80-90 in the last.

When you play, you usually get six tickets for each round, all printed on one strip.

How to win

Note that there are fewer winning lines per game than in 75-ball bingo. In this version, there are three ways to win – obviously, the more lines you cross out, the better the prize

  • The one-line bingo: you’ll need to cross out all the numbers on any one of the rows on any of your tickets.
  • The two-line bingo: here, you’ll need to cross out any two lines.
  • The Full House: you win the biggest prize if you manage to cross out each of the 15 numbers, that is all three rows, on a ticket.

The Prize

In this version of the game, fewer prizes can be won than in the 75-ball. The prize usually depends on the price and number of tickets sold – though in a family game, you could end up winning a tin of biscuits instead. If more than one person manages to win, the prize is split fairly between then.

Maximise your game

If you’re already an old hand at bingo and have honed up your reaction time, you can maximise your chances by buying several cards for each round – but watch out that you don’t end up spending more than the value of the prize! If you’re relatively new to the game, it’s much better to play with one ticket per round until you get the hang of it.

Bingo advice

Don’t forget to brush up on the rules before you play, so you can enjoy yourself and concentrate on your ticket – while the 90-ball version of the game is widely popular, different venues and groups can have slightly varying rules. At the end of the round, used strips are thrown away, and you begin with a clean, new strip, with a new chance at the prize.

Printing instructions

Below we’ve provided the optimal printer settings to make sure your cards are printed correctly:

  • Make sure that background colours are enabled before you print, as you don’t want to accidentally leave them out.
  • Our card can be printed in colour or in sepia: make sure you’ve selected the correct option on your printer (colour or grayscale/monochrome), before you click print.
  • Our cards are formatted and ready to print. Set your printer to the A4 format, with the portrait page orientation.
In conclusion

In 90-ball bingo, the game patterns vary slightly from game to game, which means that the game is always interesting and exciting – so it’s a good idea to print many tickets, as it’s unlikely anyone will want to go home early. Bingo is very social game, and many regulars soon become fast friends.

With that in mind, have fun and happy playing!

Bingo cards are playing cards designed to facilitate the game of Bingo in its various forms around the world.


In the early 1500s the people of Italy began to play a game called 'Lo Gioco del Lotto d'Italia,' which literally means 'The game of lotto of Italy.' The game operated very much like a modern lottery as players placed bets on the chances of certain numbers being drawn. By the 1700s, a version of Lo Gioco del Lotto d'Italia was played in France, where paper cards were first used to keep track of numbers drawn by a caller.[1]

Before the advent of printing machines, numbers on bingo cards were either painted by hand or stamped using rubber stamps onto thick cardboard.[2] Cards were reusable, meaning players used tokens to mark called numbers. The number of unique cards was limited as randomization had to occur by hand. Before the advent of online Bingo, cards were printed on card stock and, increasingly, disposable paper.[3] While cardboard and paper cards are still in use, Bingo halls are turning more to 'flimsies' (also called 'throwaways') — a card inexpensively printed on very thin paper to overcome increasing cost — and electronic Bingo cards to overcome the difficulty with randomization.[4][5]

Types of Cards[edit]

There are two types of Bingo cards. One is a 5x5 grid meant for 75-ball Bingo, which is largely played in the U.S. The other uses a 9x3 grid for U.K. style 'Housie' or 90-ball Bingo.[6]

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75-ball Bingo Cards[edit]

Players use cards that feature five columns of five squares each, with every square containing a number (except the middle square, which is designated a 'FREE' space). The columns are labeled 'B' (numbers 1–15), 'I' (numbers 16–30), 'N' (numbers 31–45), 'G' (numbers 46–60), and 'O' (numbers 61–75).[7]

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A popular Bingo myth[8] claims that U.S. Bingo innovator Edwin S. Lowe contracted Columbia University professor Carl Leffler to create 6,000 random and unique Bingo cards. The effort is purported to have driven Leffler insane. Manual random permutation is an onerous and time-consuming task that limited the number of Bingo cards available for play for centuries.

The calculation of random permutations is a matter of statistics principally relying on the use of factorial calculations. In its simplest sense, the number of unique 'B' columns assumes that all 15 numbers are available for the first row. That only 14 of the numbers are available for the second row (one having been consumed for the first row). And that only 13, 12, and 11 numbers are available for each of the third, fourth, and fifth rows. Thus, the number of unique 'B' (and 'I', 'G', and 'O', respectively) columns is (15*14*13*12*11) = 360,360. The combinations of the 'N' column differ due to the use of the free space. Therefore, it has only (15*14*13*12) = 32,760 unique combinations. The product of the five rows (360,3604 * 32,760) describes the total number of unique playing cards. That number is 552,446,474,061,128,648,601,600,000 simplified as 5.52x1026 or 552 septillion.

Printing a complete set of Bingo cards is impossible for all practical purposes. If one trillion cards could be printed each second, a printer would require more than seventeen thousand years to print just one set. However, while the number combination of each card is unique, the number of winning cards is not. If a winning game using e.g. row #3 requires the number set B10, I16, G59, and O69, there are 333,105,095,983,435,776 (333 quadrillion) winning cards. Therefore, calculation of the number of Bingo cards is more practical from the point of view of calculating the number of unique winning cards.

For example, in a simple one-pattern game of Bingo a winning card may be the first person to complete row #3. Because the 'N' column contains a free space, the maximum number of cards that guarantee a unique winner is (15*15*15*15) = 50,625. Because the players need to only focus on row #3, the remaining numbers in rows #1, #2, #4, and #5 are statistically insignificant for purposes of game play and can be selected in any manner as long as no number is duplicated on any card.

Perhaps the most common pattern set, known as 'Straight-line Bingo' is completing any of the five rows, columns, or either of the main diagonals.[5] In this case the possibility of multiple winning cards is unavoidable because any one of twelve patterns on every card can win the game. But not all 552 septillion cards need to be in play. Any given set of numbers in a column (e.g., 15, 3, 14, 5, 12 in the 'B' column) can be represented in any of 5! (for the 'B', 'I', 'G', and 'O' columns. 4! for the 'N' column) or 120 different ways. These combinations are all statistically redundant. Therefore, the total number of cards can be reduced by a factor of (5!4 * 4!) = 4,976,640,000 for a total unique winning card set of 111,007,923,832,370,565 or 111 quadrillion. (Still impossibly enormous, but our eager printer described above would only need 1.29 days to complete the task.)

The challenge of a multiple-pattern game is selecting a winner wherein a tie is possible. The solution is to name the player who shouts 'Bingo!' first, is the winner. However, it is more practical and manageable to use card sets that avoid multiple-pattern games. The single-pattern #3 row has already been mentioned, but its limited card set causes problems for the emerging online Bingo culture. Larger patterns, e.g. a diamond pattern consisting of cell positions B3, I2 and I4, N1 and N5, G2 and G4, and O3, are often used by online Bingo games to permit large number of players while ensuring only one player can win. (A unique winner is further desirable for online play where network delays and other communication interference can unfairly affect multiple winning cards. The winner would be determined by the first person to click the 'Bingo!' button (emulating the shout of 'Bingo!' during a live game).) In this case the number of unique winning cards is calculated as (152*(15*14)3/23) = 260,465,625 (260 million). The division by two for each of the 'I', 'N', and 'G' columns is necessary to once again remove redundant number combinations, such as [31,#,#,#,45] and [45,#,#,#,31] in the N column.

90-ball bingo cards[edit]

[9] In UK bingo, or Housie, cards are usually called 'tickets.' The cards contain three rows and nine columns. Each row contains five numbers and four blank spaces randomly distributed along the row. Numbers are apportioned by column (1–9, 10–19, 20–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69, 70–79 and 80–90).

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Other Types of Cards[edit]

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See also[edit]

  • Reader service card (also known as a 'bingo card')


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