Given the nature of bingo as a diverse discipline, it makes sense that the game and its associated methodology have been increasingly reapplied and redeployed in multiple different sectors.

Before getting into that, however, it is integral to understand what such components are by delving into the different forms that bingo can take. As exemplified at sites such as, online bingo has become a prominent force in the game’s community thanks to its opening up to a new audience comprised of people that are increasingly tech-savvy. One of the key mechanics present within online bingo, whether it is played through a desktop client or on the website itself, is a random number generator. Whereas within traditional, physical settings numbered balls would be spun in a tombola-like fashion, that’s obviously not possible in an online setting. As a result, online bingo sites like Paddy Power rely on a random number generator to ensure that the playing experience remains authentic.

As a standalone item, random number generators, or RNG for short, are an intriguing element that can be reapplied to alternative contexts and situations such as for subjects such as maths. In algebraic terms, when working backwards on an algebraic proof – methods of which can be found at websites like – the act of substitution is in itself a random number generator, as well as the act of working out the Nth term of a sequence. This is because it is a case of trial and error in part to work out a correct answer. More pertinently when discussing probability, random samples are often used to gauge a set of people that acts as a cross-section of society when a study’s findings may be scaled up and applied to a larger sample size of people.

In the discipline of cryptography, or rather the act of decoding messages, sometimes randomness can work to a programmer’s advantage. By using random methods of decoding in the beginning, it becomes possible to attempt to work out any patterns using an off-the-wall solution. However, it is only when those ideas are refined and more brainstorming occurs that the reliance on randomness decreases as a sequence it worked out. A good example of this can be seen with the usage of the Colossus computer with Alan Turing, Tommy Flowers and Bill Tutte, who pioneered the process of ‘rectangling’ during the Second World War in a bid to crack the German Enigma and Lorenz cyphers at Bletchley Park. This codebreaking effort has been immortalised in several forms of media, perhaps most famously within the war film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, as discussed at

Elements of bingo such as random number generators as well as the game’s overall concept can easily be reapplied to different spaces and situations. This can be seen to be largely thanks to bingo’s ease of understanding which makes it simple to work out a use for in other areas. It would therefore be hardly surprising if such action was to continue occurring in the future.