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Bingo Odds

What are the odds?

Bingo is different from games like the lottery, where the odds don’t change based on the number of tickets sold.

The odds of winning Bingo are based on two factors:

  1. The number of cards in play
  2. The number of balls drawn

In Bingo, the more cards in play, the lower the odds of winning. The odds are calculated by taking 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 1 card, your chances of winning are 1 in 100.

Tip

Playing multiple cards increases your chances, but also increases your cost of play. Find out more about playing extra cards here:

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THE ODDS FAVOUR THE HOUSE

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It's simple: while every game has a winner, over time, the house always wins. Bingo does not pay out to players as much as it takes in; plus, the bingo operator keeps a portion of the cost of play in order to offer the games.

Do some numbers have better odds?

Two Bingo numbers, B5 and I17, with an equal symbol between them.

Since the bingo ball blower ensures the selected numbers are completely random, no single number has a greater chance of appearing in a game than any other.

It may seem that certain numbers are called more often in a game, but it’s just a coincidence.

Do some Bingo cards have better odds?

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All cards have the same odds of winning, no matter which numbers appear on them. That’s because all numbers have an equal chance of being called. Every single card has the exact same chances of winning.