Bingo has always been a popular game, and just as it was decades ago, people still love to play today at Umbingo. The difference between then and now is the prizes – in many cases, these prizes can certainly be in the hundreds of thousands, if not the millions (especially if the games are linked and the jackpot is progressive).
Read on to find out what some of the biggest bingo jackpots of all time have been. Will you be as lucky?
John Orchard: £5.9million
In December 2012 a 60 year old man who worked at a job centre and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren received an amazing Christmas present; and he managed to get it for himself. This was John Orchard, and the present was a £5.9million win when playing online bingo.
It was a cheap gift too; John had only spent 30p and a few minutes of his life to get that impressive prize. John bought a £40,000 Jaguar XF and treated his family to a holiday at Center Parcs before buying a house and retiring.
Georgios M: £5.1million
In 2009, Georgios M became the world record holder for the biggest bingo win (three years later John Orchard took that title). Georgios M, a 36 year old businessman from Greece, chose to stay anonymous after his win, so we don’t know a lot about him, but we’re sure he was very happy.
Of course, friends and family may well have spotted a few changes in his spending habits and they might have noticed something had happened, but if he had always had a reasonable amount of money and was sensible with his win, it’s possible he could have kept it secret.
Lisa Potter: £1.3million
There is quite a jump down to the next largest win, although at £1.3million it’s still a nice sum to have. This money went to Lisa Potter, who, because she didn’t want to watch football with her partner, Terry, took herself online to play bingo for a little while. She didn’t expect to win, and didn’t really think about it; it was just something to do to pass the time while she waited for the match to end.
Using a £5 stake, Lisa began to play her games, enjoying the atmosphere but not really paying too much attention. Until, that is, she started to notice that her numbers were coming up. And then she understood that she had won just over £1million! Although we know this might have been incredibly exciting for Lisa, we think it’s funny that she waited until the football match was over to tell Terry!
Soraya Lowell: £1.2million
Not all winning stories have happy endings, and we can see this because of what happened to Soraya Lowell who won £1.2million in February 2008. Soraya was a 38 year old cleaner at the time of her win, and she actually split it with her bingo partner, Agnes. Agnes had been unwell for some time, and her husband had become her carer, so the money was very useful. Sadly, Agnes passed away not too long after receiving the money.
Later, Lowell and her husband divorced, and Soraya filed for bankruptcy.