My granddaughter enjoys playing Bingo, so I went out and bought her a
cheap set at a local discount store. The cards and the markers are fine,
but the spinner disk for selecting the numbers is a piece of garbage.
It flew apart about ten minutes into the first game.

True, I could have gotten a more expensive Bingo game, say for $10 or
so, one that uses a clever little hand-cranked cage and teensy wooden
decaled balls to select the numbers. But, hey, all of us Instructables
people are DIY-ers, so I decided to build a number generator using an
ATMega 328 CPU and a garden-variety 16x2 LCD display. I would test and
debug the code on my Arduino Duemillanove with LCD shield, and then build
the handy-dandy Bingo Number Generator as a stand-alone project on a
prototyping board. This means that you need not build the hardware for
this project -- you can run the code on an Arduino with LCD shield and
get the same functionality. But, why tie up your development board every
time you want to play Bingo? And why cheat yourself of the fun of
making something?

Essentially, we'll be constructing a stand-alone Arduino, with a built-in
LCD socket and hard-wired momentary-contact switch. It will lack only
the female header strips for plugging in shields, though you could
optionally add those, too. Consider this project as a sort of prototype
all-purpose microcontroller board with display. So, even if you're not
a Bingo enthusiast, this should still be of interest.

Step 1: What You'll Need

This project does require a fair amount of hardware,
but none of the components listed below are difficult
to find or particularly expensive.

ATMega 328 CPU                     6.00
   (with bootloader)
16x2 LCD display                      4.00
Protoboard                                  3.49
    [Radio Shack 276-168, or similar]
LM7805 5v regulator                   .50
1N4001 diode                               .25
resettable polyfuse                       .35  [optional, but recommended]
    [All Electronics, catalog # RXE-065, or equivalent]
40-pin male header strip             .75
40-pin female header strip          .75
28-pin IC socket, narrow              .75
mini pushbutton switch                 .50
momentary contact switch            .50  [generic]
16-MHz crystal                              1.00
mini 10K trimpot                              .25
330-ohm resistor, 1/4 watt (2x)     .50  [anything from 220 to 1k is okay]
LEDs (2x)                                         .35   [generic, one red, one green]
power jack, coaxial  [2.1 mm]       .75 *
power plug, coaxial, [2.1 mm]       .75 *
     [Radio Shack 274-1569, Size M, or similar]
100 uF capacitors, 25-35v (2x)    1.00 [Don't get the 16v kind.]  **
10 uF  capacitor [optional]              .50 [for extra filtering]
22 pF capacitors (2x)                       .50
.1 uF capacitors (2x)                        .50

*   Make sure you get a matching set of plug and jack.
    There are several similar-looking ones in approximately
    the same size, and they are NOT necessarily cross-compatible.
    [I could go on a rant about lack of standardization in plugs and jacks,
    but this is not the appropriate time or place.]

** If you use a filter cap with at least a 25-volt rating, then you can
    plug in a 12-volt power supply with no worries. A 16-volt filter cap
    may not give you enough tolerance.

Hopefully, you have at least a few of these components in your spare
parts box. If you had to buy each and every one of them, the total could
easily run over $20.
<p>Cool project. Thanks</p>
why is that it will stop after 39th pick??
It shouldn't. But after choosing, say, 2/3 of the available<br>numbers in the array, it will of course slow down.<br>No doubt the sketch can be improved,<br>and I'll leave it to bright, observant fellows,<br>such as yourself, to do so.
Bravo ! As a fellow tinkerer I think you did a great job! Thanks for sharing ! <br>Build_it_Bob
Thank you for the praise, Bob.<br>A little recognition goes a long way, and it helps make up<br>for all the solder burns, toasted chips, and unfathomable<br>failures.
what a fun project! did you program the chip by plugging it into an Arduino?
It was indeed fun building it. Thank you.<br><br>Note that the Binguino board has an FTDI 6-pin header<br>for programming the ATMega 328 CPU. Hook up to this<br>header with a programming cable, attach the USB end to<br>the USB port of your laptop, fire up the Arduino IDE, and<br>program it. This assumes you've downloaded the bingo.ino<br>sketch from the urls given in the final step.<br><br>Yes, I programmed it per above procedure.<br><br>Thanks for your comment.
Correction to the above. <br>The bingo.ino download url is <br>in the next to last step.

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