Commercial bingo, or tombola as the game is known locally, is very popular in Malta. Maltese tombola is based on the Spanish game of bingo, with numbers from one to ninety and prizes in cash for the line, house and progressive.
At present there are five licensed commercial bingo halls in Bugibba, Paola, Sliema, St Julians and Valletta.
On the 27th January, 2006 the Lotteries and Gaming Authority published the new Commercial Bingo (Tombola) Regulations. The regulations were established under Article 78 of the Lotteries and Other Games Act, 2001, repealing the previous Tombola Regulations, 2000.