Bingo is one of the favourite games for a lot of people, especially in the United Kingdom. Millions of people enjoy playing bingo in bingo halls or online on their computer, smartphone, or tablet. Bingo is a great way to pass time, have fun, and possibly win some real cash. Moreover, bingo is one of the most social games and is intended to play in a larger group in order to have more fun.
However, apart from the fact that people play bingo for fun and socialising with other people, there is another reason why people enjoy playing bingo. It’s the prizes and jackpots that come with it. Everyone wants to win some great prize, no matter if it’s a huge or a small one. In bingo, basically anyone can win, you could deposit a few pennies and end up winning hundreds or thousands.
In the history of bingo, we’ve seen huge bingo wins that deserve applause. Here at Bingo Scanner, we will share the biggest bingo win with you and will mention a couple more whose wins deserve to be part of this list. And who knows, maybe you’re the next big bingo winner!
John Orchard - Biggest online bingo win
The biggest bingo win ever was the jackpot that was won in December 2012 by John Orchard. John Orchard was a 60-year old man from Lincolnshire, working at the Job Centre at that time. It was a win that shocked the entire online bingo community. One day, Mr Orchard decided to wager just 30p at an online bingo site and became the biggest bingo winner of all time. He won £5.9m and fulfilled his dreams. He started with trading his old car for a new Jaguar, then took his family on a holiday to Center Parcs. In an interview, he said that he cannot believe that he won such a huge prize, which changed his life completely. He immediately quit his job, bought a new house and retired happily.
Georgios M. Little
Before John Orchard came with his incredible bingo win, there was a Greek man known as Georgios M. Little who held the record for the biggest online bingo win. Georgios was known as a local businessman and was just 36 years old when he won £5.1m from playing bingo in 2009. Since he won the jackpot, he remained anonymous, so it is unknown what he used his winnings for.
Lisa Potter - The Lucky Lisa
In June 2012, Lisa Porter decided to give online bingo a chance because she was bored. It was the time of the Euro Championship, so she, as a non-football fan, found another hobby. This hobby brought her a huge win of £1.3m after placing a bet of just £5. In an interview, Lisa told that she couldn’t believe what happened and when she showed her children the jackpot they began to scream in joy. With her incredible prize, Potter bought a new car, a new house, and went on a luxury holiday. Today, she is known as Lucky Lisa, and we can all understand why.
Soraya Lowell - Biggest bingo hall win
In February 2008, a woman from South Lanarkshire, Scotland, won the biggest win in a bingo hall ever. Soraya Lowell was 38 years old at that time and she won £1.2m jackpot in a local bingo hall in Scotland. She was so generous that decided to split her massive win with her long-time bingo partner and 68-year old neighbour Agnes O’Neil. Unfortunately, just a few weeks after her win, O’Neil passed away and after four months, Lowell filed for divorce from her husband. The story doesn’t end here, because, in 2012, it was reported that Lowell had declared bankruptcy due to unpaid debts and taxes. We hope that the years she spent spending her money were fun!
Christine Bradfield - First biggest bingo win
In January 2008, just before Lowell claimed her huge bingo win, the first recorded biggest bingo win in a bingo hall in the UK was held by Christine Bradfield. Bradfield was visiting the local bingo hall on a regular basis until one day she won a huge jackpot of £1.1m. The 53-year old mother of two was working at a garage and she continued her shifts three days a week. She also gave some of her jackpot to Lorraine, her sister-in-law who was with Bradfield when she won the prize. Christine said that the huge win would not change her and from what we know, it really hasn’t.
Are you impressed by these massive bingo wins? We definitely are! Whether you prefer playing bingo in your local bingo hall or online, everyone has a chance to win big.