With over 3 million people playing bingo regularly just in the UK and jackpots growing to record levels, it should come as no surprise to learn that there have been some big winners in the bingo stakes. Most prizes at bingo halls are small and consist of a pot made by the amount of people entering each bingo game. However, when you move online and in particular play linked games run by major bingo brands over a number of sites, then the prizes become larger. Then factor in the progressive jackpots that continuously grow and what you have is a recipe for some lucky individual to win life-changing amounts of money when you discover bingo sites that pay reward handsomely.
One of the biggest ever bingo winners is former factory worker John Orchard. At the time of his win he was working at his local Job Centre. One day he played just 30p at an online bingo site and became the world’s biggest ever online winner of all time. Orchard won a staggering £5.9 million and wasted no time in making his dreams a reality. It didn’t take long before holidays were booked and a Jaguar XF was arriving at the front of his house. Orchard treated his friends and family and brought a new house in Lincolnshire where he lives in happy retirement with his wife.
The second biggest ever jackpot win was landed by online bingo player Georgios M. This Greek gentleman has kept a low profile since winning, but what is known about the businessman is that he was only 36 years old when he won his fortune.
Lisa Potter managed to bag herself £1.3 million from a £5 bingo bet. Aged 33 at the time, Lisa was shocked when an online bingo flutter made her a millionaire. Since her big win, Lisa has purchased a new car, gone on luxury holidays and is the proud owner of a new house.
During the winter of 2008, Lowell from South Lanarkshire went from cleaning house to a millionaire thanks to a bingo jackpot win of £1.2 million. At just 38, she decided to split her fortune with her bingo partner and neighbour Agnes O’Neil. Unfortunately O’Neil died from illness just a few weeks after she received the generous gift and Lowell got divorced soon after. In 2012 Lowell filed for bankruptcy but she still remains the UK’s biggest ever in-house bingo winner.
A month before Lowell won her jackpot, Christine Bradfield held the record for the biggest in-house bingo winner the UK had seen thanks to a £1.1 million jackpot win. Bradford had been visiting The Castle Club in Wales, like she had done for over a decade, when she hit the jackpot. January 27th 2008 will always be a special date in the life of the 53 year-old mother of two. The fortune came from £16 pounds worth of bingo tickets and the rest as they say, is now history.
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