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The origin of bingo can be traced back as early as the year 1530, from a lottery game called "Lo Giuoco del Lotto D'Italia" in Italy. And in the 1800s it was often played every Saturday - this game was called Lotto, but was similar to bingo. In Italy, the game bingo was used as an educational tool. It was used to teach multiplication tables to children. In North America, bingo was first known as "Beano". The popularity of the bingo game reached Australia in the early 20th century.

People have observed that bingo playing can really enhance the mental speed of the player, as well as their skills of observation and memory. Research shows that bingo keeps players in their peak mental form. Not only the game healthy, in this respect, but it provides an enjoyable experience, also.

There are seventy-five numbers used in bingo cards. There are also five groups with fifteen numbers in each group; these are: from the letter B the numbers 1 to 15, letter I has the numbers 16 to 30, the letter N the numbers 31 to 45, the letter G has 46 to 60, and, lastly, the letter O has the numbers 61 to 75.

The card comprises of five columns, each column corresponds to the letters B-I-N-G-O. Each card of the players has a total of twenty-four numbers. Five numbers are pre-printed under the four columns with the letters B, I, G, and O, while there are only four number pre-printed under the letter N. The middle of letter N column has a free square.

If you are to calculate the possible combinations that can be yielded from the seventy-five numbers, the total number combinations will reach 552,446,474,061,129,000,000,000,000. This is the result of calculating for possible number combinations, that about 552-million-billion-billion, or about 0.5 quadrillion possible bingo cards.

For the sets of the bingo cards there would be around 111,007,923,832,371,000 in total, with about 4,976,640,000 total of cards - this is almost 55 billion in totality in each set.

If we are to print these given possible combinations of bingo cards, it will take us 17,505,972,382,599.7 years to finish all bingo cards, given that we can print 1 million bingo cards per second!

Calculating for possible combinations of bingo cards from seventy-five number combination is absurd. So, there is no possible way to make excuses for making two bingo cards that are exactly the same.

Doing the math is not easy, but it is sure easy to play bingo, so instead of calculating for more possible card combinations, why not just play bingo? Playing bingo is more fun than doing all of this math, anyway.

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