Tambola Housie

about tambola

Tambola is number based game. Host/organisor (or a player) picks a number randomly and calls out the Number/CUE one at a time. Players are given cards/tickets with numbers written on them. If the announced number is present on a player's card then player strikes out that Number on their tickets. It is played in Parties, Kitty Party, Clubs, events, at home.
It is a flexible game in terms of number of players, rules and prizes. Number of players can be from 3 to 10 to 100 to 1000 or even more. Rules & prizes can be twisted depending on host and making it more fun. Players play it with 1 or more cards/tickets simultaneously sometimes.

basic concept


There are generally 90 numbers in a classic tambola game. 15 numbers are present on each card/ticket. Ticket is grid format of 9x3 i.e. 9 columns and 3 rows. Each row has 5 numbers.

known as

It is also known as Housie/Houzee. It is somewhat similar to Bingo and kukuba with some variations.

how to play

Tamobla/Houzee can be played in different ways depending on target audience. Generally it is played with Numbers being called out and user strike out Numbers on their Tickets. If you are playing it with kids then you can play by this Number method, Picture method etc. A variation known as kukuba increased the scope of the game. For teenagers it could be class quiz format (Students striking Answers to Questions asked related to their Subjects). For Seniors, Under-graduate, Post Graduate Students it could be a Quiz, Event with Multiple Choice Questions type. And at times it could be just formatted with the Theme of your Event. Playing Tambola remains the same but with a Twist and fun..
  • A caller needs to pick a CUE without seeing the box/container containing CUEs
  • A caller generally shakes the box/container containing CUEs before calling next CUE
  • If a number called by CALLER exist on player's Ticket then he has to strike it
  • Once a particular Winning is achieved by a player, he has to claim for it immediately
  • Game ends when a player successfully CLAIMS a FULL HOUSE


Refer these rules or make changes in these rules when you play your Tambola/houzee Game.
  • A caller needs to pick a CUE without seeing the box/container containing CUEs
  • A caller needs to shake the box/container containing CUEs, if asked by a player
  • A player can claim a WINNING only before the next CUE is called out (e.g. Say 50 was called out and a player wins a WINNING on CUE 50. He/she does not claims his/her WINNING before the next CUE is called out. Then he/she can't claim his/her winning)
  • If a player claims that he/she has won a particular WINNING, then CALLER or ORGANISOR needs to check his/her claim by matching his/her Ticket with all the CUEs called out. If it is found that player claimaing a specific WINNING was false, then his/her ticket is BOOGY i.e. this Ticket cannot play further. In such a case, if there are any prizes already Won on this ticket then the player doesn't loses these already won prizes
  • In case of a TIE on a particular CUE for a particular WINNING, either prize can be distributed among all players involved in the TIE or could be given to the player who CLAIMED it first
  • A player can't WIN more than 1 WINNINGS. If a player has already won a WINNING, he can't claim another WINNING, but can play for a FULL House. (Optional)

interesting facts

Tambola is an interesting game and lets see some interesting facts about it

Ever wondered why there are 6 tickets on a page/pad in Hard Copies of Tambola??
  • As we know by now that there are 90 numbers in Tambola Game and each ticket has 15 numbers. So, 6 tickets has 15*6 = 90 numbers. In all these 6 tickets, each number from 1-90 occurs once only so covering all 90 numbers. Therefore, when a CUE is called, it will be present in one and only one ticket from the set of 6 tickets.
  • There are 3 rows and 9 columns in every Tambola Ticket
  • There are total 90 (1-90) numbers in Tambola
  • There are 3 rows and 9 columns in every Tambola Ticket
  • Every ticket has exactly 15 numbers
  • Every row contains 5 numbers
  • A column may have 1, 2 or 3 numbers. There should be at least 1 number in every column
  • A Ticket cannot have same number more than once
  • Column 1 on any ticket has numbers between 1-9
  • Column 2 on any ticket has numbers between 10-19
  • Column 3 on any ticket has numbers between 20-29
  • Column 4 on any ticket has numbers between 30-39
  • Column 5 on any ticket has numbers between 40-49
  • Column 6 on any ticket has numbers between 50-59
  • Column 7 on any ticket has numbers between 60-69
  • Column 8 on any ticket has numbers between 70-79
  • Column 9 on any ticket has numbers between 80-90


Classic tambola is played with 90 numbers. Though it is still played mostly in classic way but variations known as kukuba is gaining popularity.
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Various dividend options for Tambola Housie

Number Names

Names, words, phrases, sentences to Speak Out instead of Numbers when calling a Cue.


Various ways, variations to play Tambola Housie