Lorraine Jarvis has been playing bingo at the Toowoomba Sports Club for 20 years and she never thought she would take out the major jackpot. Ms Jarvis defied the one-in-a-million odds to win $85,000 during a game of Big Bucks Bingo’s Hot Ball Bingo. Ms Jarvis sat at the club for about an hour after her win trying to process what had just happened. The most she had ever won in her life was $1000.Ms Jarvis’ lucky numbers were 8, 13, 36, 61 and 63.
Like Lorraine you too want to win and have the curiosity like every Bingo player to know the most frequent drawn Bingo numbers. Bingo games usually use 75 numbers or 75 ball bingo you can say, with each number having a one in 75 chance of being drawn, so no numbers are more frequently called than others. However, there are bingo playing systems that claim a probability of winning if certain strategies are followed.
One of these strategies entails using multiple bingo cards. The more bingo cards a player uses, the more likely they are to have the necessary numbers to score a bingo before anyone else. There are detriments to this strategy, though. Some people may use too many bingo cards and not be able to keep track of them all, which would actually cause them to lose track of opportunities to win. Other bingo strategies advise playing in bingo halls with a smaller turnout because the more players involved in a bingo game, the lower the probability is that any one individual will win.
The number frequency in Bingo
Bingo can be analyzed, particularly how numbers called out appear with some regular occurrence. When an apparent pattern is established, then choosing sets of numbers in bingo cards could be narrowed down.
Enter a bingo area and watch as an observer. On each of 5 pieces of paper, write numbers in the following arrangement:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 / 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 / 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 / 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 / 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75
Note that numbers 1 to 75 are grouped into 5 with 15 numbers each. Bingo numbers go from 1 to 75, scattered at random on different bingo cards. When sitting in a bingo session observing, note on the paper every number called. Circle the numbers on the paper. Do this with each paper for 5 bingo games. Then note the frequencies of the numbers called out in each bingo game.
Draw out numbers called 3 to 5 times in all the 5 paper pieces. If a game took long more numbers will be called out. A short bingo game will result to fewer numbers. So it’s immaterial how much numbers show up. For instance these numbers came up 3 to 5 times in all 5 bingo games: 7, 16, 24, 56, 75, 34, 12, 4, 73, 64, 56, 42, 41, 14, 15. Group them according to the letters of bingo. B will have 7, 12, 4, 14, 15; I will have 16 and 24; N will have 34, 42, 41; G will have 56; and O will have 75, 73, and 64. Get bingo cards with these.
In this number set you have the most called out numbers in 5 bingo games. Now, this is no assurance that they will continually be called out the rest of the day. But having this observed pattern is better than nothing. What could be banked on is that drawing out bingo numbers—whether manual, mechanical, or digital—can possibly be affected by some factors that may trigger a pattern.
Frequently called out numbers in bingo can be patterned. Isolate them to form a top ten or 20 numbers called out in several games. Then look for bingo cards reflecting those numbers.
Bingo Odds and the Bingo Numbers that Pop up
Calculating odds in bingo is theoretically very simple — it’s the number of cards you’re playing divided by the total number of cards in play. So if 100 cards are in play, and you have 4 cards, your chances of winning are 4 in 100, or 4 percent. The trick is being able to count how many cards are in play in a game. You can do a head count and multiply that number by what you think is the average number of cards per person, but this can be easier said than done.
However, these odds don’t apply to progressive jackpot games. Remember that in most progressive games, a winner is not guaranteed. So, the odds of winning a progressive jackpot depend more on the difficulty of covering the pattern in the predetermined number of calls. The odds are so steep in some progressive games that it may be weeks or even months before somebody wins.
So which numbers come up most often
Well the answer is simple: No single ball has a greater chance of appearing in a game than any other ball, provided that the balls are manufactured correctly, that no one is tampering with the balls, and that the blower machine is loaded with a complete set of 75 balls.
As an example suppose you flip a coin three times, it may come up heads twice and tails once. For that extremely small slice of time, it’s true that heads is coming up more often. But if you flipped that coin for three hours straight, the laws of probability say that the number of heads and tails counted would be almost identical.
Now, let’s suppose that, in a two-hour bingo session, N-31 comes up four times while N-42 is never called. It would appear that everybody who wants to win should collect cards that contain N-31. Over the course of a dozen sessions, or two dozen sessions, there’s not going to be much difference at all between the number of times N-31 is called versus the number of times N-42 is called. It’s just a coincidence that one was called more than the other for that short period of time.
So what you need to do for a great win. You can try to tip the mathematical balance in your favor by using the following tips.
- Play when not many crowd of people play. Since odds depend on the number of cards in play in a game, a poorly attended game can be a rare treat. There’s less competition for the jackpot, and, legally, bingo halls have to award the prizes they advertise regardless of how many people show up.
- Play when bad weather or bad timing keeps crowds away.
- Play at quiet times. If you frequent a hall long enough, you might get a sense for picking the sessions that are quieter than others. Depending on the hall, the quiet times might be midweek, midafternoon, late-night, or holidays when everyone leaves town or is with their family.
- The conventional wisdom among bingo players is that you should buy as many cards as you can handle at a time, without breaking the bank. This way, you’ll increase your chances to win.
- Play Mutliple cards. Suppose there are 420 cards in play. In any given game, you have 20 chances out of 420 to win, or about a 4.8 percent chance. The other players each have only 4 chances out of 420 to win, just under 1 percent. While the math works in your favor in terms of chances, you must be aware that playing multiple cards also gives you the opportunity to lose more money. Remember, you are paying a lot more for a buy-in than the other players.
- A good rule of thumb is to check out how many cards everybody else is playing, and shoot for the average. Then, if adding a few cards makes the game more enjoyable for you, by all means, increase your buy-in for the next game or session. But in the end, don’t play more cards than you can comfortably track at one time.
- Since no bingo card features any number more than once, every single card has the same odds of winning a game. Some players, however, try to maximize their chances of winning by choosing cards that don’t duplicate the numbers they already have on other cards. In choosing cards with different numbers, they are hoping at least one of their cards will feature the number called.
- Some halls let players retain the same cards from session to session and some players think that playing the same cards over and over will increase their chances of winning. This may be because they have won before with that particular set of cards, or it may be just the opposite: They haven’t won yet with that set, and they feel they are “due.”
- Even if you’ve won quite a bit with a specific set of cards, you should also consider how many times you haven’t won while playing that set. If you play more, it’s likely you’ll rack up more wins — but you’ll also probably lose more, and you may be less likely to acknowledge the losses. Another possible benefit to holding your cards over is that you may become familiar with them, giving you a slight edge when it comes to looking for the numbers.
- Also pay attention to numbers called. If you don’t hear the numbers that are called, or if you forget what pattern you are trying to cover, you can’t possibly win.
- Last but not the least be positive. The worst that can happen is that you’ll enjoy the bingo as a game.