How To Play Bingo

There are many different variants of the bingo game. There are 75, 80 and 90 ball numbers, as well as pattern variations (full house, liners, corners, shapes etc.).

At our centre, we only play 90 ball bingo, in two different formats. It is played on tickets that have 15 numbers scattered over 3 rows of boxes with five numbers in each row. The numbers run in columns of the same group of numbers, that is:
1st column: 1-9
2nd column: 10-19
3rd column: 20-29
4th column: 30-39
5th column: 40-49
6th column: 50-59
7th column: 60-69
8th column: 70-79
9th column: 80-90

Tickets can be purchased in strips of one to six tickets. Purchasing a 6 ticket book will give a player all 90 numbers per game.

Formats Played Ballarat Bingo Centre:

All games played at Ballarat Bingo Centre are called by a staff member. We do not use the automated caller system.
Numbers are drawn via a random number generator, announced by our caller and displayed on monitors on our walls.

fullhouse“FULL HOUSE”

This can also be known as “Full Card”, and is the format that we play on all our main games (unless otherwise advertised).

Players need to cross off all 15 numbers on a ticket to claim the bingo prize. The last number announced by the caller MUST be on the winning ticket, otherwise the claim is dismissed as a false call, and the game will continue.

liner“LINER”

This format is played on most of our single flyer ticket games, and will be advertised as such.

This is where a player must have 5 numbers marked off across any one line on a ticket. The last number announced by the caller MUST be on the line when this prize is claimed, otherwise the claim is dismissed as a false call. Once the “liner” winner is confirmed the game continues on until a player calls bingo for a “full house”.

Different Prize Money Structures at Ballarat Bingo Centre:

Aside from “straight money” games where prizes are advertised as set amounts, we also play the following variants:

“FUNNY MONEY”

This game is also known as “Roulette” in some centres. Prizes are cash prizes, and the amount paid is decided by the winning number that bingo is claimed on. The prize structure is as follows:
Numbers 1-50 = $50
Numbers 51-55 = $55
Numbers 56-60 = $60
Numbers 61-65 = $65
Numbers 66-70 = $70
Numbers 71-75 = $75
Numbers 76-80 = $80
Numbers 81-85 = $85
Numbers 86-90 = $90

Double funny money” is simply the above prize amounts doubled (prizes $100-$180).

Jackpot” on funny money games is a prize pool that is awarded once all funny money games have been played. The jackpot amount varies depending on the payout of funny money games

“ODDS & EVENS”

Odds and evens gives you a 50/50 chance at winning one of two prizes. The amounts vary per session, and are always advertised in advance.

Any bingo that is won on an ODD number will result in the lower prize being awarded. A bingo that is won on an EVEN number will result in the higher prize being awarded.

“MULTIPLIER”

This feature has been used on occasions for specials. We have a random number generator on our wall (NOT the bingo calling system) which we activate once bingo has been called and confirmed. The number that appears on the generator is how much you multiply your winnings by!
This feature will be advertised in advance if we are running it for a special.