Bingo Numbers & Cards

Bingo Numbers

What are the bingo numbers?

The numbers in a game of bingo will range from 1-90, 1-80 or 1-75, depending on the type of game you play. Traditional forms of bingo are 90-ball games, giving you more numbers in play at any time. However, we’ve got a good choice of 80-ball and 75-ball games that tend to offer quicker action if you’re strapped for time, such as the Deal or No Deal 75 Ball game and the 80-ball Silver Room.

We also have a unique 36-ball game variant called Cash Cubes, which is another fast-paced variant on the traditional form of bingo.

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What are bingo numbers called?

Within all our bingo games, numbers are called out when displayed on screen. However, there are certain numbers that carry iconic bingo ‘nicknames’ that you’ll have to listen out for during gameplay online.

What is the highest number in bingo?

In a 90-ball game of bingo, the number 90 is the highest possible number you will find on your bingo cards. In an 80-ball game, the number 80 is the highest possible number you can dab on your bingo cards. In a 75-ball bingo game, the number 75 is the highest possible number to be found on your bingo cards – are you sensing a pattern here? In our 36-ball Cash Cube games, the number 36 is also the highest number called.

What are the sayings for bingo numbers?

Traditionally, bingo callers have used nicknames to describe some of the bingo numbers called out during games. These nicknames generally rhyme with the number that’s called. You’ll sometimes hear our bingo callers use this ‘bingo lingo’ to keep things fun and interesting.

Nicknames for bingo balls

There is a nickname for every bingo ball that can be called out in a game:

1 – Kelly’s Eye

2 – One little duck & Me and you

3 – Cup of tea & You and me

4 – Knock at the door

5 – Man alive

6 – Tom mix & Half-a-dozen

7 – Lucky

8 – Garden gate

9 – Doctor’s orders

10 – Boris’s den (or whoever is residing at Number 10 Downing Street at the time!)

11 – Legs eleven

12 – One dozen

13 – Unlucky for some

14 – The lawnmower

15 – Young and keen

16 – Never been kissed

17 – Dancing queen

18 – Coming of age

19 – Goodbye teens

20 – One score & Getting plenty

21 – Key of the door

22 – Two little ducks

23 – The lord is my shepherd

24 – Double dozen

25 – Duck and dive

26 – Two and six, half a crown & A to Z

27 – Duck and a crutch

28 – In a state

29 – Rise and shine

30 – Burlington Bertie & Dirty Gertie

31 – Get up and run

32 – Buckle my shoe

33 – All the threes & Fish, chips and peas

34 – Ask for more

35 – Jump and jive

36 – Triple dozen

37 – More than 11

38 – Christmas cake

39 – Steps

40 – Life begins

41 – Time for fun

42 – Winnie the Pooh

43 – Down on your knees

44 – Droopy drawers

45 – Halfway there

46 – Up to tricks

47 – Four and seven

48 – Four dozen

49 – Four and nine

50 – It’s a bullseye! & Snow White

51 – Tweak of the thumb

52 – Danny La Rue

53 – Here comes Herbie

54 – Man at the door

55 – All the fives

56 – Shotts Bus

57 – Heinz varieties

58 – Make them wait

59 – Brighton Line

60 – Five dozen

61 – Bakers bun

62 – Turn the screw

63 – Tickle me

64 – Almost retired

65 – Old age pension

66 – Clickety click

67 – Made in heaven

68 – Saving grace

69 – Either way up

70 – Three score and 10

71 – Bang on the drum

72 – Six dozen

73 – Queen B

74 – Candy store

75 – Strive and strive

76 – Trombones

77 – Two little crutches

78 – Heaven’s gate

79 – One more time

80 – Ghandi’s breakfast

81 – Stop and run

82 – Straight on through

83 – Time for tea

84 – Seven dozen

85 – Staying alive

86 – Between the sticks

87 – Torquay in Devon

88 – Two fat ladies

89 – Nearly there

90 – Top of the shop

How do you claim numbers in bingo?

Claiming numbers in online bingo is much easier than playing in a real-life bingo hall. Unlike real life, you don’t need a dabber to mark off numbers on your bingo card. The system automatically marks it off for you and will notify the bingo caller if you win a line, two lines or a house.

What bingo numbers are called the most?

Statistically speaking, no number should be called out the most as there is no bias between one number or the next. Although there are certain theories on choosing winning bingo balls, everything averages out over time, giving you no long-term edge.

What are the numbers on bingo balls?

Each bingo ball in an active game is numbered from one to 90 (90-ball game), one to 80 (80-ball game) and one to 75 (75-ball game). No two balls can have the same number during any active game of bingo.

What are good bingo numbers?

There are two schools of thought as to what makes good bingo numbers on a card:

  • Granville’s Theory Given that all bingo numbers have an equal chance of being drawn out in a game, American financial writer, Joseph E. Granville believes players should choose bingo numbers that offer a broad spread from one to 90 (or one to 75 if you’re playing 75-ball games). Granville believes a good card consists of a mix of odd and even and high and low numbers.  
  • Tippett’s Theory At the other end of the spectrum, British statistician, Leonard Tippett believes the best bingo cards have numbers that are grouped as close to the number one or 90 (or 75) as possible.

Choosing lucky numbers for bingo

When you play online bingo, it’s not possible to select lucky numbers on your bingo cards. That’s because every bingo card you pay to play with is randomly assigned bingo numbers by our online bingo number generator prior to the game.

Bingo Cards

What are bingo cards?

Online bingo cards are also known as bingo tickets at Paddy Power Bingo. In a conventional 90-ball bingo game, a bingo card will have 15 randomly allocated bingo numbers displayed.

75-ball bingo games offer bingo cards that have 25 randomly allocated bingo numbers displayed.

In our traditional 90-ball online bingo games, you can get six bingo cards on one strip. All possible numbers will be displayed on every full strip across all six bingo cards.

What size are bingo cards?

A typical online bingo card is a grid of 27 squares, consisting of three rows and nine columns. Every row must consist of no more than five numbers, with 15 numbers displayed on every bingo card.

In a 75-ball bingo game, bingo cards consist of a grid of 25 squares, consisting of five rows and five columns. Each row must consist of no more than five numbers, with 24 numbers displayed on every bingo card.

Bingo card patterns

One of the main things you’ll spot when you play online bingo is the variety of bingo patterns displayed on bingo cards. Bingo patterns are dependent on the type of bingo game you choose to play.

At Paddy Power Bingo, our conventional 90-ball and 75-ball games offer prizes for single line, two-line and full house bingo patterns. In our variant game, Cash Cubes, the first player to break the squares and release all four cubes from their ticket wins the base game prize. Other online bingo games might offer prizes for landing patterns such as numbers in all four corners of your bingo card, or numbers marked off in an ‘X’ pattern.

How many unique bingo cards are possible?

It is said there are 552,446,457,061,129,000,000,000,000 possible unique bingo card combinations in 75-ball bingo alone. So, it’s fair to say that the likelihood of having replica online bingo cards during a game is very slim!

How do you make bingo cards?

The beauty of playing online bingo at Paddy Power is that all of the bingo cards you buy are generated for you and displayed on-screen in the communal bingo room.

You don’t have to worry about dabbing the numbers yourself and missing a called number, the software handles this on your behalf so that you can sit back and enjoy the drama and our vibrant community of bingo lovers.

How do you play bingo with cards?

When you play a conventional game of 90-ball or 75-ball online bingo at Paddy Power, all your active bingo cards will be displayed to the left of the bingo room’s chat screen. This allows you to keep track of your most successful cards and spot cards that only have one or two numbers to go to win a prize.

Bingo shapes

Bingo comes in different sizes and shapes. The most popular bingo shapes used in our online variant games include cubes and trapezoids.

In Cash Cubes bingo, bingo cards consist of four squares joined by trapezoids containing randomly allocated numbers. When a ball is called matching a number inside a trapezoid, it’s highlighted in yellow.

Bingo Caller

How do you call bingo?

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about how to read out bingo numbers in our online games, thanks to our automated bingo callers that keep you up-to-date with games at all times.

What is a bingo caller?

Historically, bingo callers have managed bingo games in real-life bingo halls, keeping track of called numbers and approving or rejecting winning lines or houses. At Paddy Power Bingo, all our online games are managed by automated bingo callers. They’re not humans and you can’t see them, but they are equally as effective at helping you keep up with the game - and congratulating you when you win!

What does a bingo caller do?

Bingo callers will call out every single number drawn in an active game, until there is a winner. In the event one or more players win a line, two lines or house, the bingo caller will declare the winners and how much money they take or share.

What makes a good bingo caller?

Above all, a good bingo caller is someone that can help make the game fun for players. Whether it’s incorporating the rhyming ‘bingo lingo’ for drawn numbers, welcoming new players to the online bingo room or congratulating and celebrating the success of winning players, it’s all part of being an efficient, friendly bingo caller.

Fortunately, at Paddy Power Bingo, our warm and welcoming bingo call generators are some of the best in the business. Most importantly, they are easy to understand, helping you keep up with the heart-pounding action and every ball drawn.

What are bingo call generators?

A bingo call generator is an efficient, automated caller that manages bingo games on behalf of players online. Just like a real-life bingo hall caller, a bingo call generator will generate numbers at random for you, in a fun, easy and hassle-free environment.

Using bingo call generators helps to keep things 100% random. At Paddy Power Bingo, we’re duty-bound to use random number generators (RNGs) to abide by the regulations of the UK Gambling Commission, so you can have total peace of mind in the fairness and transparency of our bingo games.

Tips for calling bingo

Do you like the idea of being a bingo caller? Here are some attributes you will need to become a good bingo caller:

  • Speak clearly at all times
  • Find your own rhythm
  • Be confident and approachable
  • Be authoritative when necessary
  • Above all – enjoy the action!

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Bingo Numbers & Cards FAQ


As online bingo cards come in different sizes and offer a plethora of winning patterns, bingo cards are not the same with every game you play. Before you get started, it’s always important to read the rules of your chosen online game to understand what you need to do to win the big-money prizes and jackpots.


In a conventional 90-ball or 75-ball game, it’s possible to buy up to six strips per game, giving you up to 36 bingo cards in play at once. Depending on the game, it might be possible to buy additional strips to increase the number of active bingo cards in play. Some players may choose to do so if there is a particularly big jackpot up for grabs.