Jean's dream destinations close to home

Some might dream of luxury holidays or a Harrods shopping spree. But when one Norfolk pensioner's numbers came up on the bingo, she new exactly what she wanted to spend her £25,000 winnings on - a night at the theatre in King's Lynn and a bowling party at Potters near Lowestoft.

Some might dream of luxury holidays or a Harrods shopping spree.

But when one Norfolk pensioner's numbers came up on the bingo, she new exactly what she wanted to spend her £25,000 winnings on - a night at the theatre in King's Lynn and a bowling party at Potters near Lowestoft.

Former factory worker Jean, a 79-year-old from Dereham, who asked for her surname not to be revealed, has caught a bus from Dereham to Thetford every Monday and Thursday to play bingo at the Winners Club in town for six years.

But last Monday she won a National Bingo Game prize of £25,000 and a house prize of £83.

“It's always the pleasure to be out with people I know,” the widow said. “When I was told I'd won the National Bingo Game prize people stood up and clapped me. It was a very special evening.”

The prize on Monday 6th August was £50,000 which Jean had to share with a player in Newcastle, who also completed a full house in 42 numbers, the lowest call in any of the 500 clubs playing nationwide.

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Lucky Jean said she already has plans to treat her family of two children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

But she also plans to watch Scots-born entertainer Craig Chalmers, perform Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Corn Exchange in King's Lynn at the end of September and booked four days at Potters.

“At my age there is not much I want to do, but I don't want to miss Joseph when it comes to King's Lynn in September. I watched the series on TV and I knew I wanted to see it when it comes on tour to Norfolk.”

She added: “I want to go to Potters near Lowestoft for four days at the end of September. I've never been there, but I heard it's a great place for bowlers. My other hobby in life is bowling and I don't want to miss out on such a great opportunity. It will be great fun, especially as I am taking a friend with me.”

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