Playing bingo for charity in Adelaide
If you like to gamble, but want to avoid addictive pokies, maybe a game of social bingo to help charity would suit you better! There are the several charities in South Australia that run bingo events to raise funds to support their work in the community, and many social clubs who hold bingo nights.
Novita Children’s Services holds a number of ‘Eyes Down’ Bingo sessions around Adelaide (at Marion, Regency Park, and Wingfield) each week. All bingo proceeds are used to help children with disabilities and their families. The game prizes Novita offers are excellent, sessions range from 20 to 30 games and there is a large Jackpot in the last game of every session of up to $600!
Novita also have raffles and Instant Bingo tickets available at every session to help your chances of winning. Novita Bingo is proudly sponsored by Robern Menz.
You could also play Bedford Bingo! The Bedford Group runs bingo sessions at 615 Goodwood Road, Panorama (enter via Springbank or Goodwood Road) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm. They also have a cafe open from 6:30pm selling homemade meals and snacks. Players come from across Adelaide to catch up old friends or to meet new ones.
In 2011 Australian Breast Cancer Research ran a Boobie Bingo night in Adelaide in 2011, and judging by the success of that event there will be another night soon! Check their events page for the latest information.
For a huge list of sporting clubs, seniors clubs, and other community organisations that run bingo nights in Adelaide and around South Australia, see Connecting Up Australia’s SACommunity bingo page.
The History of Bingo
Bingo or housey-housey (it’s former name in the United Kingdom) is a game of probability that originates from the Italian lottery, Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia. From Italy in the 1500s, the game spread to France where it was known as Le Lotto, played by the French aristocracy.
Players mark off numbers on a ticket as they are randomly called out, in order to achieve a winning combination. Games are often played in Australia and New Zealand to raise money for charities and social clubs.
Online bingo has also become popular in recent years, especially in the United Kingdom, where websites like Foxy Bingo are amongst the most visited, attracting thousands of players daily.
A typical bingo ticket contains twenty-seven spaces, arranged in nine columns by three rows. Each row contains five numbers and four blank spaces. Each column contains either one, two, or very rarely three, numbers: The first column contains numbers from 1 to 9, the second column numbers from 10 to 19 and so on up until the last column, which contains numbers from 80 to 90.
The game is presided over by a caller, whose job it is to call out the numbers and validate winning tickets. He or she will announce the prize or prizes for each game before starting. The caller will then usually say “Eyes down” to indicate that he is about to start. He or she then begins to call numbers as they are randomly selected, either by an electronic random number generator or by using balls in a mechanical draw machine. When a player gets a winning combination they call out “Bingo!”
The different winning combinations are:
- Line – covering a horizontal line of five numbers on the ticket.
- Two Lines – covering any two lines on the same ticket.
- Full House – covering all fifteen numbers on the ticket.
Running a Bingo event in South Australia
If you’re planning to run a bingo night for fundraising or other purposes, please note that in South Australia, lotteries are regulated under provisions contained in the Lottery and Gaming Act 1936. In order for bingo sessions to be conducted in this State, the bingo sessions must be either granted a licence or fall within a class of exempted lotteries.
A major bingo licence is required for the conduct of fundraising bingo sessions where the total gross proceeds of a session exceed $500. Other conditions also apply. Fundraising bingo sessions can only be conducted by an association.
Non-fundraising bingo sessions are lotteries which are exempt from the licensing requirements of the Regulations, provided that the gross proceeds of the session do not exceed $2,000. Other conditions also apply.
For more information on conducting a bingo event in Adelaide, including a Major Bingo License Fact Sheet see the Office of the Liquor and Gaming Commission website.