The first time I went to Bingo was when I was at university. My friend and I were a little bored, and we’d gotten to the point where we fancied going to do something different.

We piled into her car, giggling, and drove through the rain, until we pulled up at a huge building with B-I-N-G-O plastered on the front of it. At the time I thought we were bonkers. I thought I needed a grey rinse and a friend called Margaret to play Bingo. But it was really quite funny looking back.

It certainly cured our boredom anyway. Even if we didn’t win.

I haven’t been since. I suppose, really, I’m not much of a game player. I tend to attacked Pinterest or Instgram when I’m bored. But my mum loves a good game of Tetris, on the iPad I gave to her. And Mark’s currently in the FIFA 16 zone. Lucky me.

When it comes to choosing the ideal game that will help you relax and unwind after a long day at work it may seem like there is an endless stream of new games and apps on offer. Bingo is undoubtedly one of those games. Its transition from church hall to website has only seen its popularity soar. Here are five reasons why bingo it’s worth a go.

A nice way to unwind

The traditional method of playing bingo, in a busy hall, remains a popular activity for many. Whilst some consider it to be a game which doesn’t require skill as it is mostly down to luck whether your numbers are called or not, others see this as a great advantage. We don’t all want to spend our spare time doing mental gymnastics, when we could enjoy a glass of wine and some friendly competition in the evening.

Playing online to suit your schedule

The beauty of playing bingo online means that you can pick and choose when you want to play. If you find yourself with some time to spare you could play bingo online at Coral whether you’re out and about or relaxing on the sofa at home. Playing online offers the social element as players can pop into the chat rooms for a good natter as well as playing.

You might actually win

I am an absolute sucker for those quiz machines in pubs. And while I rearely win, the excitement of having a chance to win my pound back is enough for me. At the start of the Summer, Mark and I impulsively tried to visit a casino, because I’d never been before and it was  Friday night. We needed a membership and ended up in a bookies instead playing digital roulette. We placed our bet – choosing numbers that matched with Bill, and ended up coming out with £80. It was brilliant! Bingo is like that, but you can do it at home in your PJs instead. Win.

It’s a fun alternative to a night on the town

When you’re looking after children who consider 6am to be quite a late wake up call, scheduling a night out (and not feeling like death the morning after) can be quite challenging. This shouldn’t mean the end to your social life though. The older I get (and maybe I’m just old before my time) the more I prefer comfy restaurants or bars with sofas, or fun experiences, rather than a loud club where I get tired after a while. Going to the Bingo with your mates is worth the laugh. And there’s nothing to say you can’t sneak a bottle of Prosecco in with you.

The game has evolved and will continue to do so

Bingo has been around for what seems like forever and whilst the fundamental format of the game played by our grandmothers is the same as the game we play today, there are also lots of new varieties. We can now play themed games of bingo online, go wild at a Rebel Bingo night or play down at the local hall.