‘I took my fam­ily abroad for the first time!’

Michelle Ped­der, 44, from Hert­ford­shire, jet­ted off to Tur­key thanks to her bingo win

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When I heard about on­line bingo, 15 years ago, I had to see what all the fuss was about. A friend was a mem­ber on Woman’s Own Bingo, so I set up an ac­count to have a go.

I’d played bingo lo­cally be­fore but, with twins on the way, it was get­ting harder to get to the local hall. In­stead, I switched to play­ing on­line and I’ve never looked back!

The Woman’s Own Bingo site was easy to use and I soon got chat­ting to other mem­bers.

Chat­ter boxes

Along­side the bingo games are chat rooms, so you can have a chat with other peo­ple who are on­line. Some­times peo­ple talk about the games but a lot of the time it’s about recipes, telly, the weather or even what’s go­ing on in their fam­ily. The chat rooms are great fun and make play­ing on

Woman’s Own Bingo re­ally so­cia­ble. Even if I don’t feel like chat­ting, I like read­ing the other con­ver­sa­tions – there’s al­ways some­one that brings a smile to my face! Over the years, I’ve had a fair few wins, scoop­ing £100 or £50 on var­i­ous games and on the slots. In March this year, I had my big­gest win yet. I was play­ing in Sap­phire and it was my last game from the six tick­ets I’d bought. Then I flicked back to the bingo to see if my game was still go­ing. You don’t have to be in the room when it’s play­ing out as it au­to­mat­i­cally ticks off your num­bers. When I looked at my bingo game, I had three num­bers to go. Straight away, one of my num­bers was called and then I only had 20 and 33 to go. Hold­ing my breath, I watched in shock as 20 was called. To my sur­prise, 33 was the next num­ber to come out. I jumped off my seat and screamed with joy – I had won the £1,000 jackpot prize! ‘I’ve hit the jackpot!’ I an­nounced, grab­bing the phone to give my mum a call. Just a few months be­fore, she’d won £7,800 on Woman’s Own Bingo, now it was my turn! The money was in my bank ac­count within just two days.

Dream­ing of hol­i­days

I didn’t need long to de­cide what to do with the money. For years I’d promised my twins – now 14 years old – a hol­i­day abroad. They’d never been abroad. This year we’d be hop­ping on a plane and head­ing some­where sunny.

We set­tled on Mar­maris, Tur­key and I booked a two-week hol­i­day for the twins and my el­dest son and daugh­ter, too. We went in Au­gust this year and had such fun.

I won on Sap­phire bingo, but I also play Ses­sion bingo and Fluffy Favourites is my slot game of choice. It’s not just me who loves Woman’s

Own Bingo, my mum’s a player and my friends all got ac­counts after hear­ing my news. We all log in at the same time and talk in the chat rooms!

My fam­ily has life-long me­mories thanks to our trip to Tur­key

‘I jumped off my seat and screamed with joy’

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