Bingo Win with us!
Tracie Elliott, 51, from London, treated herself and her family during a winter-sun break
Arriving home one Friday in December, I called my hubby, who was at work, on a night shift. ‘I can’t wait for our holiday,’ I groaned. The cold weather was already getting to me, even though winter was just starting.
Shivering and huddled up on the sofa with our Staffordshire bull terrier, Blu-bel, and Shar Pei cross, Bonni, I was exhausted after a hectic week working as a teaching assistant.
‘Last summer does seem like a long time ago,’ he agreed.
We’d spent six glorious weeks down at our caravan on the Essex coast in Clacton-on-sea and it had been such a lovely, long break.
My job could be pretty demanding at times, but having the long school holidays off was definitely a massive perk.
And, as I had won a few hundred pounds playing Woman Bingo, we ended up treating family and friends to a bit of a party at the caravan site.
But now, on a grey winter’s evening in North London, those happy sunny days seemed a long time ago.
Still, we were off in a couple of weeks to Gran Canaria with my sister, Tina, 52, and her teenage daughter to get a bit of winter sunshine.
‘Well, it’s Friday night, so I may as well make the most of it,’ I said, kicking off my blanket and pushing the dogs off the sofa.
I decided to head out to the nearby Bingo Hall for an hour or so, but ended up being there a bit longer, chatting and catching up with my friends. By 8.30pm, I started to feel tired. ‘I’m off,’ I yawned to my mate, heading out onto the street to call a taxi.
While I waited for the cab to arrive, I caught up on my emails on my phone.
I also had a quick look on my Woman Bingo app, to check what had happened with the 8pm game in Emerald room. I had bought tickets for it earlier that day, not thinking that I was going to be out. ‘Oh my god,’ I cried out to myself. My balance was showing over £1,000! Just then, the taxi pulled up.
‘WE HAD THE TIME OF OUR LIVES’
‘How was your evening?’ asked the driver as he drove me home.
‘Pretty good,’ I chuckled. ‘I won a grand on my online bingo game!’
‘Congratulations, that’s not bad,’ he smiled back.
I’d started playing Woman Bingo in October 2015 and had had quite a few wins since, including a good few hundred pounds on the Double Bubble slot game in July 2017, but I’d never had such a big win.
‘I won’t even know what to do with it,’ I joked to the Cabbie.
My favourite time to play is in the evening. It’s a bit of fun and there’s always
something new happening on the site. I love the choice of different bingo games and the excitement in the chat rooms, which are really friendly. As soon as I got home, I messaged Tina. ‘This is going to be the best holiday ever!’ I said happily, after telling her about my latest win.
A few days after Christmas, we set off on our holiday, staying in a friend’s villa in the south of Spain’s beautiful Gran Canaria, and we all had the time of our lives.
Thanks to my win, we were spoilt, eating out every night and hitting the bars and clubs, too.
I spent the days lounging by the pool or at the beach and treated myself to some new shoes and bags, and I even had my nails done at a local salon.
On New Year’s Eve, we all celebrated with food, drinks and fireworks. It was great to be able to treat myself and the family to a few extra luxuries during our sun-drenched holiday.
‘To think I only spent 90p on nine 10p tickets and I won £1,000,’ I laughed to my sister.
It just goes to show, you don’t need to spend a lot – any ticket could be a winner.
‘You don’t need to spend a lot’
waiting for a cab was more fun than tracie expected…