Bingo Win with us!

Tracie El­liott, 51, from Lon­don, treated her­self and her fam­ily dur­ing a win­ter-sun break

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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.

Play­ing on­line

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…

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