When Brian Brett and his wife Jeanette won £400 at bingo, they knew their luck was in.

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But the Lowestoft couple’s winnings proved to be small change – when they returned a few weeks later and scooped more than £40,000 on one game.

Mr Brett, 77, struck it lucky at the Beacon Bingo club in Battery Green Road during one of its main session jackpot games.

He was the only person to call for a £500 full house – and minutes later he was shocked to find he had also won the £39,604.35 prize in the national multi-jackpot game. It means that Mr Brett will soon collect a total prize of more than £40,000.

Reflecting on his win, he said: “I can’t really remember what the numbers were – it’s all a bit of a blur. It was a real shock and I couldn’t believe it. We had a few games afterwards and I couldn’t concentrate on the numbers.”

Mr Brett said that he and his wife had only decided to go to the club on Saturday because they had received some money-off coupons to give it a try a few weeks earlier when they won £400 between them.

Buoyed by their good fortune, they opted to give it another go.

With regular players aware that big prizes were up for grabs as part of the Beacon 24 Jackpot “stamp” game, the club’s caller Simon Waters said Saturday evening was “quite tense”.

When Mr Brett won his jackpot, he said there were a few nervous moments before it became clear that he had scooped a big prize, and then other players began applauding.

“We have nine clubs round the country and this is extremely rare,” Mr Waters said.

“In addition to winning a £500 full house, he claimed for one of our coloured jackpots – and to my amazement it was the red jackpot, which netted him an additional £39,604.35.

“It is the first Beacon jackpot win I’ve had in all the years I’ve worked at the club and there have only been a handful across the country – to have one at Beacon Bingo in Lowestoft is superb.”

Mr Brett and his wife Jeanette, who have lived in south Lowestoft for five years, thanked the staff and club members this week for all their support and friendship.

He said he planned to use his winnings to treat his family and look into some home improvements.

Mr Brett said: “I don’t think we will stop going to bingo as it’s our main leisure pursuit. We’ve made more friends there than we’ve ever had. Everybody has been very nice about the win and they were all pleased for us.”

Have you had a lucky win? Email mark.boggis@archant.co.uk

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