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The History of YAHTZEE

YAHTZEE was invented by a wealthy Canadian couple to play aboard their yacht. Whenever friends were invited aboard, they were taught how to play the "Yacht" game. Their friends enjoyed the game so much that they all wanted copies of their own.

In 1956, the couple approached Mr. Edwin S. Lowe, the made who made a fortune selling Bingo games in the 1920's. They asked him to make up a few samples of the game for gifts. Lowe liked the game so much that he offered to buy the rights. They agreed to sell the rights for the price of the first 1,000 games produced so they could fulfill their friends requests. Lowe eventually change the name of the game to YAHTZEE.

Despite all of Mr. Lowe's attempts to advertise the game, it did not sell very well that first year. The game just could not be adequately described in an ad. It had to be played to be appreciated. So, Mr. Lowe started throwing YAHTZEE parties, and soon the game took off, thanks to word of mouth.

The Milton Bradley Company acquired the E. S. Lowe Company, and YAHTZEE in 1973. Today, more than 50 million YAHTZEE games are sold annually. An estimated 100 million people play YAHTZEE on a regular basis.

YAHTZEE has won the hearts of millions and in 1996 celebrated its 40th anniversary, thank to people like you who just keep spreading the word.

Keep rolling those YAHTZEEs!!


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