BINGO: Fun while helping support local sports

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BINGO: Fun while helping support local sports

By Estela Camacho

The Danbury Athletic Youth Organization (DAYO) has been operating weekly bingo games for over thirty years and during this time, many people have participated, winning money, meeting new friends and knowing they are supporting a youth organization dedicated to helping children in the Danbury community. The proceeds from the bingo games help support Track & Field, Basketball, T-Ball, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Tackle Football, Cheer and the Speed and Agility Camp. This is one of our main and consistent fundraisers to offset expenses to purchase equipment and uniforms and to reduce registration fees to participants.

Bingo is a fast-paced game of chance in which players have an opportunity to win cash and prizes. Whether you are a regular or casual player, you do not to be an expert to be able to go into a bingo hall and start playing. Since no two halls operate exactly the same way, it is a good idea to read the posted rules thoroughly before the session begins. There are people who walk the floor that can help you if you need assistance.

To play, you must purchase bingo cards for each game, usually offered in packages. You can play multiple cards for each game. Once play begins, the caller calls out numbers as they come up and players mark their card when they have the number on one of their cards. The game continues until someone has completed a card to reflect the rules for that game. If you have a winning card, you must yell out “bingo!” Play will stop and someone will verify your card is a winner. If you have the winning card, you will be awarded the prize for that game. You must be certain you have a winner prior to calling out BINGO since you do not want to interrupt the flow of the game for the other players should your card not be a winner.

There are some rules and etiquette you may want to be aware of. Bingo players get serious once the game begins so you should stop talking once the caller starts the game. You will find players that are superstitious; they may have a favorite seat or may bring lucky charms they set out on the table in front of them. Do not repeat numbers being called out because it may distract the person next to you. Do not take out your frustrations on the caller if you are not winning. It is not his or /her fault for not calling your numbers. Please be respectful to everyone there. Some halls have non-smoking areas; please respect the others around you. Never alter your card in any way to avoid disqualification for a particular game.

Many halls have a progressive pot that carries over from week to week, if someone doesn’t win on a given week. There are times when the jackpot exceeds $1,000.00.

DAYO runs its program every Tuesday evening at the VFW located on 5 Byron St. in Danbury beginning at 7:00 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. Come out and try your luck!! You may be surprised at how much fun you will have and you may win some money. Win or lose, it will be a good experience and you will be helping out DAYO and the community. Hope to see you on Tuesday.

This article was written by Estela Camacho, Danbury Athletic Youth Organization (DAYO) secretary. For more information, visit, or contact Estela at 203-530-2457 or

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December 25, 2016

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