With the development and proliferation of the game ” BINGO “, many people have looked for the origin of the word, without finding documents that authoritatively support its source or beginning.
“BEANO” is definitely still practiced today in some USA States, as in the State of Maine, and its basis is similar to our generalized BINGO. The Law of the State defines these interchangeable terms in Chapter 13-A, Section 17:
” TITLE 17: CRIMES
- CHAPTER 13-A: BEANO OR BINGO
- 311. Definitions
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following words shall have the following meanings. [1975, c. 307, §2 (new).] 1. Beano. “Beano” means a specific kind of group game of chance, regardless of whether such a game is characterized by another name. Wherever the term “beano” is used, the word “bingo” or any other word used to characterize such a game may be interchanged. In “beano,” each participant is given or sold one or more tally cards, so-called, each of which contains preprinted numbers or letters and may or may not be arranged in vertical or which contains preprinted numbers or letters and may or may not be arranged in vertical or horizontal rows. The participant covers or marks the numbers or letters as objects similarly numbered or lettered are drawn from a receptacle and the winner or winners are determined by the sequence in which those objects are drawn. The manner in which the winner is determined must …