Bingo starts in Rhode Island on October 14, 2012. Rhode Island Lottery Bingo is sold at all retailers but a limited number of retailers have monitors that display the drawings.
In the U.S., bingo was originally called "beano". It was a country fair game where a dealer would select numbered discs from a cigar box and players would mark their cards with beans. They yelled "beano" if they won.
Bingo can be traced back to 1530, to an Italian lottery called "Lo Giuoco del Lotto D`Italia," which is still played every Saturday in Italy. From Italy the game was introduced to France in the late 1770s, where it was called "Le Lotto", a game played among wealthy Frenchmen. The Germans also played a version of the game in the 1800s, but they used it as a child`s game to help students learn math, spelling and history.
Players watch Bingo drawings as 30 balls are drawn and land on a call number. Players then match these call numbers to the numbers on their Bingo board to create Rhode Island Lottery Bingo patterns. A win occurs when some or all of the numbers on your Bingo game match one of the Rhode Island Lottery Bingo patterns.
Bingo Retailers are equipped with a television monitor that displays a new drawing every eight minutes.
Mark the amount you want to play per Bingo board $1, $2, $5, or $10.
Mark the number of boards you want to play per game, from 1 - 3.
Select the number of consecutive games you wish to play: 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.
Your Bingo board(s) will be randomly generated by the lottery terminal.
A separate ticket will be randomly printed by the lottery terminal for each consecutive game.
The total ticket cost is equal to the number of games multiplied by dollars played per game multiplied by number of boards per game. (For example: If a Bingo game is played on a $2 wager with 3 boards for 5 consecutive games, the ticket would cost $30.)
The maximum wager for Bingo is $150 at one time.
How to Win
Watch the monitor as 30 balls are drawn and land on the appropriate call numbers. Use these call numbers to create one of eight traditional Bingo patterns and win cash prizes.
A winning line pattern can be located anywhere on the Bingo board (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) but must include 5 matching call numbers or 4 call numbers and the FREE space.
If more than one pattern is created on a Bingo board, the highest prize shall prevail.
Bingo Pattern Examples
Examples of some of the possible patterns are illustrated below. The (4+), (3) Lines, (2) Lines and (1) Line patterns do not have to be exactly as illustrated.
* A winning Y or X Pattern must appear exactly as shown in the illustrations. No prize will be awarded for a Y or X Pattern in any other direction.
Only patterns recognized as the official Rhode Island Lottery Bingo patterns shall be entitled to a prize.
Once any ticket is issued to the player by a Lottery Retailer, it is the player`s responsibility to immediately check that the numbers and wagering selected are what was requested, and then sign the back of the ticket for security. All winning tickets are payable to the bearer of the ticket, upon verification of their identification and signature. The Rhode Island Lottery and Lottery Retailers are not responsible for lost or stolen tickets or those incorrectly issued that were not reported to the Retailer immediately after purchase.
Prizes of $599 or less can be claimed at any Rhode Island Lottery Retailer. Prizes over $599 must be claimed at Lottery Headquarters, 1425 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, Rhode Island 02920. All prizes must be claimed within one year of the drawing date.
The Official Website of the Rhode Island Lottery
Benefiting All Rhode Islanders Since 1974
This website, www.RILOT.com, is the official website of
the Rhode Island Lottery. It is UNLAWFUL for anyone under the age of 18 to play the Lottery. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy
of the winning numbers information on this website, mistakes
can occur. If you have questions about winning numbers, contact
the Lottery at 401.463.6500 or visit your nearest Lottery
Retailer for the official winning numbers and game information.