A last-minute change of heart saw the 68-year-old’s fortunes change dramatically after she took home a big money prize from Carlton Bingo in Dunfermline. She was so shocked to find out that she’d won way more than just the full house prize.
Anyone who’s ever played the National Bingo Game at their local bingo hall knows that there are often juicy jackpots on offer for the lucky winners. However, it seems as though one Scottish bingo fan was unaware that she was playing a big-money game when she paid a visit to her local bingo hall last month.
The 68-year-old managed to mark off all the numbers on her bingo card before calling “house” and hoping to claim the £260 full house prize, but after verifying the win, the caller informed her that she had also scooped the top jackpot prize of £50,000.
Things could have turned out very differently
While the anonymous winner is a regular visitor to Carlton Bingo at Dunfermline’s Fife Leisure Park and has been enjoying bingo for more than 40 years, on the day of the win, she’d decided to give it a miss until her friend telephoned and convinced her to play.
After making the 10-mile drive from Lochore with her pal in tow and landing the massive National Bingo Game jackpot, she says that she’ll be sharing some of her winnings with her “bingo buddy”.
According to the bingo hall’s general manager, Carlton Bingo in Dumfermline has seen several big wins over the years and the latest is its “second huge win in just a couple of months”.
How lucky is Scotland?
A spokesperson for the National Bingo Game says that since Scottish bingo halls were allowed to reopen, the country has claimed 6 big jackpot wins, two of which have been at the same club.
Where can I play the National Bingo Game?
The National Game plays twice a day, every day (afternoon and evening) at participating bingo clubs. It’s not a 90 ball game anymore like it used to be. Instead, it is a 50 ball game played on a ticket where the full house is 10 numbers called. Each game offers a full house prize which is awarded by the club, but there are another three chances of a jackpot up for grabs. Players who call the full house within 16, 20 or 24 calls can win £50,000, £1,000 or £100 respectively.