While the majority of participants play bingo because of its fun and sociable nature, it cannot be denied that these games offer access to untold riches. This is especially true in the digital age, where brands offer high value cash prizes and incentives in a bid to win new custom. There have certainly been a number of large bingo wins in recent history, as players have scooped lavish prizes while also enjoying one of their favourite pastimes! Here are some of the biggest bingo wins of the modern age:
John Orchard, Lincolnshire (won £5.9 million in 2012)
The largest recorded bingo jackpot win in the UK, John Orchard’s achievement is all the more memorable as it came on the back of a £0.30 pence stake! Mr. Orchard was playing the Dark Knight Slot game, which is one of the most popular themed titles of its type online. He has also managed to retain his wealth and use it wisely since the win, swapping his Renault Clio for a £40,000 Jaguar XF model and treating his family to a spectacular Centre Parcs visit.
Georgios M, Greece (won £5.1 million in 2009)
Not a great deal is known about Georgios M, who kept his true identity from the public eye after winning a huge bingo jackpot in 2009. He is known to have originated from Greece, while his prize of 6.3 million Euros (or £5.1 million in Great British sterling) set a world record that survived until Mr. Orchards win three years later. Given the anonymity of the player we cannot be sure how his life has unfolded since winning such a huge jackpot, but there is no doubt that this is an life-changing sum of money that offers tremendous opportunities to the lucky recipient.
Soraya Lowell, Lanarkshire (£1.2 million in 2008)
Soraya Lowell was happy for her identity to be publicised after her million pound win in 2008. Her story is an intriguing one, however, as she split the prize with her neighbour who tragically died in her sleep just two weeks after claiming her bounty. Life then took a dramatic turn for the worse for Ms. Lowell, who is reported to have run up huge debts since her win and was ultimately forced to foreclose on the £150,000 she purchased in Hamilton after defaulting on her mortgage agreement. This highlights the importance of spending money wisely, and recognising its value in the modern world.