£100,000 win after 35 years of bingo

A Suffolk grandmother who has been playing bingo for the past 35 years has finally hit the jackpot after scooping more than £100,000.Val Phillips could not believe her luck when she won the National Bingo Game at the Breckland Club, in Brandon.

A Suffolk grandmother who has been playing bingo for the past 35 years has finally hit the jackpot after scooping more than £100,000.

Val Phillips could not believe her luck when she won the National Bingo Game at the Breckland Club, in Brandon.

The 59 year old was at the club with her husband, Albert, when she completed a full house of 39 numbers, netting her not only the top prize of £100,000, but the regional prize of £1,380, and the club prize of £56.

“Everyone said how calm I was after they announced I had won, but I won't get too excited until I actually see the cheque in my hand,” she said. “We always share whatever we win, and this time will be no different. Then, when everyone has been paid out, I can think what to do with my share.”

The National Bingo Game is one of the largest computer controlled games in England - second only to the National Lottery - and is played by around 500 clubs which link up daily.

Elaine Thomas, manager of the Breckland Club, said Mrs Phillips' win was the biggest in nearly three years.

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“The last time someone won £100,000 was in September 2003,” she said. “We had a smaller win of £20,000 last year, but Mrs Phillips is a regular here and it was very exciting when she won.”