In anticipation of this Friday's premiere of ABC's National Bingo Night, over three million Bingo grids have been downloaded by the public for at-home play. While not everyone will be a winner, thousands will cash in each week. Hosted by Ed Sanders, the series premieres FRIDAY, MAY 18 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network.
National Bingo Night" is a high-energy, game of luck based on the hugely popular American pastime. In each episode, three high action Bingo games are played in-studio, with the viewing public invited to play along for a chance to win thousands of prizes. In each game, a contestant will try his/her luck, racing against the studio audience as balls numbered from 1-75 are randomly selected from a giant sphere set in a high tech "Bingo Plex" arena. The studio audience will track the numbers on their own Bingo cards for a chance to win cash and prizes, and send the contestant home empty-handed.
Millions of viewers will also be able to play along at home by printing out free cards via ABC.com. Viewers can log on to ABC.com and print out game cards. Each time a person prints, they will get three pages, one for each game that is played per episode on the telecast (a Red, White and Blue card). Each game card has three Bingo grids on it, allowing the participant three chances to win per card. Online winners are not competing against the clock; anyone who gets a Bingo from the numbers called for each Red, White or Blue game on their corresponding cards can log on to ABC.com after the broadcast and enter the serial number from the card to verify their winning card. Viewers at home who get five numbers up and down, across or diagonally will be eligible for the grand prize drawing for that game. Online players must enter their serial number from their winning cards by 6:00 p.m. ET, the Monday following the Friday broadcast to redeem their prize. Cards for the upcoming Friday episode are available immediately following the airing of the current episode.