Bingo Lingo


An Admission Packet is the minimum number of cards or paper packs that must be purchased to take part in the game. Six to twelve cards usually comprise the admission packet for every regular, and sometimes, special game. The content and price of an Admission Packet varies across different bingo halls.


Enables the game operator to determine how many sheets each seller has been allotted and how many sheets have been sold.


Bingo is a specific game of chance in which participants use cards, paper sheets, or card minding device representations thereof, divided into horizontal and vertical spaces, each of which is designated by a letter and a number, and prizes are awarded on the basis of the letters and numbers on the card conforming to a predetermined and pre announced configuration of letters and numbers selected at random.


Originally made of wood; bingo balls are now made of plastic and are similar to ping pong balls. They come in sets of 75 and are mixed in a console or blower chamber to randomly select numbers for the caller.


A wood or metal cabinet, consisting of a blower chamber and a master board, used to operate a bingo game. Device with a receptacle, or hopper, for the unselected bingo balls, a blower for selecting the balls, and a ball tray that contains seventy-five holes in which to place the ball once it is called. Some people call them desks.


An event game means a type of pull tab game, with or without a seal card, that is designed by the manufacturer so that certain prizes are determined by the draw of a bingo ball.


A bingo paper pack or booklet means a group of specific numbered bingo paper sheets of different colors that are manufactured and collated together all containing the same number of faces (ON’s) to be played for each game at a bingo session. They are bound in the order in which they will be played.


A forced-air device that mixes the bingo balls and dispenses them to the caller who announces the number and displays it on a bingo board.


Bonanza bingo is a progressive coverall Jackpot that is usually played as the 13th game of the session. Forty-five numbers are drawn before the session and players mark them on separate cards and set aside. There is an additional fee to play this game, usually $1. The countdown for a bonanza game begins at 48 numbers or less and goes up one number per week to 52 numbers or until won. The amount of the jackpot is determined by card sales for that game.


Two (2) or more sheets glued together. Can be either in straight goods or collations.


A multi-ply card, made completely from paper or paper products, with perforated break open tab or tabs. These perforated tabs cover a series of numbers or symbols which determine whether any particular ticket is a winner or non-winner. A break open is another name for a pull tab, instant bingo ticket, tear-offs, pickles, cherries, lucky 7’s, peel-offs, bell jars, Nevada’s or club tickets.


The price charged for a “Packet” of bingo paper for an event’s play. Different buy-in levels are offered based on the player’s ability to play (and pay). Buy-in levels consist of different packets of early birds, regular session, specials and nite owls.