The National Bingo Game has become a firm favourite of UK bingo fans and is on its way to becoming a British institution. Life-changing amounts have been won playing the National Bingo Game and it remains one of the most popular bingo events in a dabber's calendar, often playing to packed bingo halls.
So, what is The National Bingo Game? Simply put, The National Bingo Game is a bingo game that links up bingo halls across the country on a live link, allowing players the opportunity to win big cash prizes and other bonuses.
Here are some other facts and stats about the National Bingo Game which should hopefully answer any FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) you may have about the National Bingo Game:
- The National Bingo Game is a linked bingo game that was started in June 1986 by The National Bingo Game Association Limited (NBGA).
- The first National Bingo game was played the following month in July 1986.
- The current format that is played now was launched on 30th April 2018.
- The ‘new' National Bingo Game is a Full House only game and offers players the following prizes:
Club Prize – won in every club, on every game
Jackpot Prizes of £50,000, £1,000 and £100
- To win a Club Prize a player must be the first in their participating venue to successfully complete a full house.
- To win a Jackpot Prize a player must be the first in their participating venue to successfully complete a full house in the following number of calls:
16 numbers or less to win £50,000
20 numbers or less to win £1,000
24 numbers or less to win £100
- Tickets for the National Bingo Game are £1 for 2 tickets OR £2 for 5 tickets
- You must be aged 18 years or over to play.
- Total prize money paid to date by the National Bingo Game tops more than £1 BILLION!
- The biggest ever win was on 23 March 2008, when Soraya Lowell from Motherwell, North Lanarkshire won £1,167,795 at Club 3000 Bingo Coatbridge.
- The National Bingo Game is the UK’s second-largest computer-controlled game. The National Lottery is the largest.
- The National Bingo Game is played twice daily, every day, 364 days a year. Christmas day is the only day The National Bingo Game is not played.
- Around 300 clubs across the UK offer the National Bingo Game, including Buzz, Mecca, Club3000, Majestic, Palace, BJ's, Castle, Carlton and Beacon, as well as a wide range of independent clubs, all of which fully licensed.
- National LIVE is a linked interval game, played up to four times a day that is also provided by the National Bingo Game Association.
- The National Bingo Game Association also operates the National Bingo Caller of the Year competition which returned after an 11-year break in 2019, won by Donna Kunyo from Club 3000 Middleton.
To see what all the fuss is about yourself, contact your local bingo hall or visit the National Bingo website here.
Ben has been an massive bingo enthusiast and fan since playing at the seaside as a kid. Dedicated to bringing you the latest and best bingo news from the UK