‘I scooped my £1,000 in the first week!’
Katie Williamson, 48, from Sheffield, can’t stop smiling thanks to her big win
For years, my husband Jonathan, 51, and I loved to spend summer weekends in our caravan. we parked up in a beautiful country club not far from our home in Sheffield, and played bingo every Saturday night in the clubhouse.
Last year, when the weather got colder, I missed our bingo sessions. So in October 2017, I signed up for Woman Bingo online. I loved it straight away, especially the slot game Bubbling Falls – as well as Tiki Bingo.
I’d play the 1p games, and every half hour you could play a 10p link game– and they had a jackpot of £1,000.
‘I’m going for a 10p ticket,’ I chuckled to Jonathan one Tuesday night. ‘Does anyone ever win?’ he said, rolling his eyes. ‘Yes, of course!’ I said, watching the balls rolling on my tablet.
Just as the words came out of my mouth, the screen started to flash and the balance went up by £1,000.
‘I’ve won!’ I cried, jumping up from the sofa. ‘Wait until I tell the girls!’
My two daughters, Ellie and Amelia, had already flown the nest, but I knew they’d be happy for me.
‘Hang on,’ said Jonathan. ‘It could be a mistake. Wait until the morning to see if the money’s still showing.’
I’d only started playing less than a week earlier and this was my first big win! Maybe Jonathan was right to be cautious.
‘I’ll check tomorrow, then,’ I said.
That night I hardly slept a wink, but it was Jonathan who was down like a shot at 7am to check the tablet. ‘It’s still there!’ he shouted excitedly. ‘I told you!’ I replied. I got on the phone to let the girls know my good news.
He couldn’t believe it!
‘Make sure you spend the money on yourself,’ urged Amelia. But I’d already made up my mind to get the girls some treats. I ordered a designer purse for Ellie and got Amelia a new laptop for uni. ‘What about me?’ moaned Jonathan. ‘You didn’t believe I’d won!’ I teased. Funnily enough, though, after my big win, Jonathan started playing, too. A few weeks later he won £200 and bought me a pair of gorgeous designer shoes.
When my big cardboard cheque arrived for the photo, I was even more delighted. All my colleagues at the freight forwarding company I work at wanted to hear all about my win, too.
I think quite a lot of them have signed up now, as I’m living proof that you really can win big!
It wasn’t long before Katie had a big win