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Grandmother scoops bingo win

PUBLISHED: 13:24 07 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

A MARTLESHAM grandmother is celebrating the win of a lifetime today after scooping more than £92,000 playing bingo.

Twenty years of playing paid off in a big way for the 67-year-old when she hit the jackpot at the Gala Club in Ipswich.

A MARTLESHAM grandmother is celebrating the win of a lifetime today after scooping more than £92,000 playing bingo.

Twenty years of playing paid off in a big way for the 67-year-old when she hit the jackpot at the Gala Club in Ipswich.

The lucky winner, who has not been named by the club, said it was third time lucky for her. In 1988 she won the £3,800 regional prize in the national game and three years later another £2,000. But she missed the top prize both times.

However in her latest trek to the bingo club she made sure of hitting the big time, calling in 43 numbers to win the national prize of £90,000 plus a further regional prize of £2,388 and the 'house' prize of £143.

She will share the money with her 70-year-old husband, a retired builder and her neighbour who plays with them and is 75.

"They were both more excited then me, said the winner this week," said the delighted granny. "They couldn't sleep but it hasn't affected me. Well I'm off my food a bit, so perhaps it has!"

The couple have six children, 23 grandchildren and two great grandchildren They play bingo five times a week.

The winner, who scooped the jackpot on Monday night added:

"It's our main activity now. We love it. We have both worked hard all our lives and had to scrape and scrounge at times. We live on our pensions, which don't go very far and now we won't have to count the pennies."

N If you are the lucky winner or know who she was then contact The Evening Star Newsdesk on 01473 282257.


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