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All the core logic for playing/simulating the popular game 'Housie' (also known as 'Bingo' or 'Tambola')

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All the core logic required to play the classic game 'Housie' (also known as 'Bingo' or 'Tambola'). Terminal driven with a simple menu to drive game-play.

All the code is well segregated, so should be a breeze if you want to reuse and build upon any of the components.

Core Features:

  • Generating Housie Tickets to play the game (Ticket format is accurate! Numbers are exactly where they are supposed to be)
  • Displaying the Housie board visually in terminal
  • Randomly picking numbers on the board, for when you're hosting a game with friends
  • Auto-marking the numbers on your tickets, for when you are following a game hosted by someone else

Installation and Setup

  • The only dependency for this project is python3. You can get it here.
  • After that, just clone this repository and you can start using it.


To run the housie game, we need to make sure we are in the source folder.

So cd into the project directory i.e. housie, and then further into housie which is the base directory for the source code.

cd housie/housie

Then run the following command to start the game:


This will display a menu in the terminal, allowing you to explore the various features.

Main Menu Image

Features Explained

This section explains each of the features present in the main menu.

Host a New Game

  • This mode displays the housie board on the screen and lets you randomly pick numbers.
  • This mode is for when you are playing a game with friends.
  • The board is constantly updated with the selected numbers.
  • Before using this mode, you may want to generate and distribute tickets among your friends.

New Game Image

Generate Tickets

  • As the name suggests, this mode allows you to generate tickets.
  • You specify the names of players and the number of tickets per player, and the program generates and prints out the tickets on the screen.
  • The generated tickets are also available in housie/data/generated_tickets.json.

Generate Tickets Image

Follow a Game

  • This mode was built as a convenience mode for when playing games that are hosted by someone else.
  • Before starting this mode, you need to enter your tickets into the housie/data/followed_tickets.json file. Use the housie/data/followed_tickets.example.json file as a reference.
  • Then start up this mode. You will see the housie board displayed along with your tickets.
  • Enter the numbers called out by the host and these numbers will be automatically crossed out in your tickets.
  • Note: This mode persists game state (i.e. if you shut the program suddenly and start up again, you can continue where you left off). If you want to start a new game, just delete the housie/data/followed_housie.json file.

Followed Game Image

Codebase Structure

This section will describe some of the important files inside the housie/ source code directory.

  • All core logic for representing and manipulating the housie board and housie ticket are present inside models/ and models/ respectively.
  • Ticket-generation logic is present in
  • contains some custom logic for displaying the board and the tickets side by side during the 'Follow a Game' mode.
  • The file contains the core logic that drives game-play and integrates the various modules described above to bring about the whole experience of playing the game.

Extending and Adding new functionality

The purpose of this package is to provide the core logic required to play the game. Keeping this in mind, I have tried to segregate the code as per functionality and reusability.

Feel free to add upon this base layer.


  Aaron Alphonso (

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