Win with us!
Toni Quandt, 46, from Crawley, used her £8,989 win to make her home cosier than ever
s I settled down in bed with my dog, Topsy, I chatted away to my husband, Paul, 48, while he pottered around, putting clothes away in the wardrobe. After a long day at work, I loved nothing more than heading to bed early to catch up on my favourite soaps on the TV or paint my nails.
Paul would often sit with me, too, and we’d natter about our day.
‘I might play a bit of bingo tonight,’ I told him, opening up my laptop.
It was May 2018 and after logging into my Woman Bingo account, I decided on Session Bingo, where you play a mix of 15 different 90-ball, 80-ball and 75-ball Bingo games for an hour. I’d been a member of the website for the last six years, and always had so much fun when I played.
More than anything, I loved the community it had introduced me to. I’d met so many friends in the chat rooms, like-minded women who all loved playing a game of bingo from the comfort of our home! We enjoyed sharing stories about our families, and always had so much to say to each other when it came to our favourite games of bingo.
But tonight, I was too focused on catching up on my favourite soaps to notice the messages pinging away.
It was only as I glanced away from the TV in an advert break, that I suddenly realised I’d already got two full lines.
‘Three numbers left to go!’ I told Paul. Only, as the next few were called, I discovered that they were all mine.
‘I’ve won!’ I screeched, causing Topsy to jump up off the bed in shock.
Then I looked closer – I’d scooped the £7,489 jackpot! ‘I can’t believe it,’ I gasped. ‘Brilliant!’ Paul laughed. Since we were redecorating the house, Paul and I decided to spend part of the winnings on some new double-glazing. ‘The house is going to look great,’ I said, excitedly, as I browsed different styles online.
I even had some money left over to put in the Christmas fund.
Then, a few months later, in October, I decided to pre-buy tickets on Sapphire Bingo – which, similar to a traditional game of bingo, is played with 90 balls.
Afterwards, I set my phone aside while I did a bit of tidying.
‘Shall we go up to bed?’ I asked Paul half an hour later.
I’d completely forgotten about the bingo game I’d bought tickets for earlier.
After changing into my pyjamas, I plugged my phone in beside my bed and drifted off to sleep. Only, during the night, I woke up for a wee and while checking the time I noticed an earlier message from one of my bingo pals. ‘Congrats, Toni!’ it read. Confused, I checked my account. It was up by £1,500 !
‘Paul, I’ve won again!’ I yelled, shaking him awake as he murmured in protest.
I couldn’t believe it – two big wins in five months!
This time, Paul and I decided to spend some of the money on a new boiler. Now our home is cosier than ever – and we’ve even treated ourselves to some more luxury items like new sofa cushions.
I have to admit, the best thing about the win was sharing my joy with my online friends. They were so happy for me, it was as though they’d won the jackpot themselves! Being part of the bingo community is such fun and a great way to meet new people. And of course, a win makes it all the sweeter!
‘i’d had two big wins in five months’
Toni spent some of her second win on a new boiler New double-glazing was the first thing on the shopping list!