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bingo40 is new at tombola

Sue Dawson

There’s one UK bingo site that is streets ahead of all the others in terms of the number of different sorts of bingo you can play, and that is tombola. And now, just a couple of months after launching the unique bingo game Wordsearch, they have done it again with bingo40!

You’re probably thinking that 40 ball bingo doesn’t sound that special – and indeed, there are other 40 ball bingo games on the market.  Arguably the best known 40 ball bingo game is Playtech’s Rainbow Riches Bingo which is played on cards with 8 numbers, and tombola themselves have another 40 ball bingo game, The Machine.  The new tombola games is nothing like Rainbow Riches and also looks very different to The Machine, although the two games do have something in common, as we shall see.

tombola bingo40
I won black and another player won magenta – yellow and cyan are still in play

bingo40 is a single ticket multi stake game and the stake levels available are 10p, 25p, 50p, £1 and £2.  The prizes you can win are adjusted automatically to be in line with your chosen stake level. Once you’ve chosen your stake level, press confirm to buy your ticket.

When your ticket comes up on screen you will see that it contains all 40 numbers and is divided into coloured zones – magenta, black, yellow and cyan – with a prize for each.  Essentially, what you have is not one ticket, but a strip of 4 tickets of unequal size, each of which has its own prize and its own fixed jackpot.

This is a concept that tombola have used before, both in The Machine (where you have gold numbers and silver numbers with a separate prize for each) and in one of their very oldest games bingo60.

Here’s how the four tickets in bingo40 currently work (September 2023) – but do check the game help files as subsequent changes could be made to the prize distribution or to how the jackpots work.

Colour How many numbers % of prize pool Jackpot size How to win Jackpot
Magenta 4 9.25% 500 x stake Win in 4 calls
Black 8 18.35% 1000 x stake Win in 12 calls
Yellow 12 27.58% 2500 x stake Win in 18 calls
Cyan 16 44.82% 5000 x stake Win in 22 calls

In most bingo games with multiple prizes, winning one prize tends to mean you are closer than everyone else to winning the next prize. For example, someone who has just won the 2 line prize in a 90 ball game cannot possibly be more than 5TG for full house. But in bingo40, the reverse is true – if you’ve won one of the prizes by marking all of the numbers in one coloured zone, you’ll have marked fewer numbers than everyone else across the other three zones.  It’s usual, then, for this game to have four different winners (and also it seems fairly common for a prize to be shared by several players).

With all this going on and 4+ different winners in each game, bingo40 scores very highly for the amount of entertainment that can be crammed on to one phone screen.  And like all of tombola’s bingo games, it has a very lively chat room which sits alongside the game on a computer and can be popped up on a mobile phone screen while still leaving the tickets and calls clearly in view, so you can play and keep up with the chat at the same time if you so wish.

If you like your bingo games to be based on numbers but would like to try something a bit different, bingo40 is well worth checking out.

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