Grandad scoops £200,000

PUBLISHED: 16:41 14 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich grandfather was celebrating today after winning more than £200,000 on bingo in the town.

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By Paul Geater . . .

AN Ipswich grandfather was celebrating today after winning more than £200,000 on bingo in the town.

The 55-year-old from the Belstead Hills area of the town won a total of £208,500 in the game on Sunday.

He was described as a businessman, but has asked not to be named.

"I work seven days a week," he said. "On Sundays I finish earlier and it is the only evening I get to play."

He won the cash at the Gala Club at the Orwell Retail Park.

"My wife started me off on bingo," he said. "I never thought I would play, but she had a few small wins and I thought I would have a go."

Even after his big win, he did not stop and won another £15 on another game.

He plans to give some of his winnings to his two children and four grandchildren, to pay off his mortgage and save some for his retirement.

Residents from the Belstead Hill area were amazed at the size of the win.

One resident couldn't believe how close she actually was to all that cash.

"We usually play bingo there on a Sunday night but we decided not to go that night.

"I definitely will not be missing a Sunday night again for a while."

Valerie Cocks, works at the Belstead Arms pub, she said she only wished it could have her.

"I think I would pass out and I wouldn't know what to do to start with but I think I would soon come round to the idea of all that money."

Gala Club manager Nigel Calloway said Sunday was a good night in the town.

"We had a hat-trick of big wins. It was quite amazing.

"Not only did we have the National Game winner but we also won another nationally-played game called the Dream Ticket.

"A local lady won £6,300 on that. And then we won our own link game which we play with 50 other Gala clubs and our player had £1,000."

Sunday's win isn't the first in the town: in April a lucky player won £213,000 at the Mecca Club in Lloyds Avenue, and last month another lucky winner picked up £53,000 in a game there.

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