BINGO is a national pastime for old folks. For some dumb reason, this silly game is played in old folks' homes everywhere. Old folks who do not live in institutions gather in lodge halls, carnival tents, high school auditoriums to play Bingo.
Some play to pass the time, some play for money, some play for bits of candy, stuffed animals, potted plants, but all play for the chance to shout "Bingo". There is something thrilling about being the first to shout that magical term.
Now Bingo is a pure mathematical game. The balls are chosen at random, so there is no way to gain an edge. There are no such things as "lucky cards", "lucky chairs", or "lucky days-of-the-week". Wearing a certain color, facing in a certain direction, or chewing a certain flavor of gum will not influence which balls will fall, or what numbers will be called.
The only thing that will influence your chance of winning is the number of cards being played. If everyone plays the same number of cards, everyone has an equal chance.
With old folks, there is no end to the squabbling over who sits where, who plays which cards, I don't doubt but that in this wide world there have been murders committed over some Bingo game. And I further believe that the game may have been being played for dimes or pennies or Hershey kisses. It is not the prize that is important. It is the chance to be the first to yell....