Woman’s Own bingo

Ka­t­rina Evans, 49, from Fife, Scotland, treated her fam­ily with her big win

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I’ve al­ways en­joyed play­ing bingo, and for many years would reg­u­larly visit the lo­cal bingo halls to­gether with my mum.

But when I got a pro­mo­tion at the dry clean­ers where I work and my hours in­creased, I didn’t have time to go any more. It was such a shame!

But then, one evening in De­cem­ber 2005, I saw an ad for a slot game called Tiki Tem­ple. I used to love play­ing the slot ma­chines in the pub, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Easy to join

Sign­ing up to Woman’s Own Bingo was so sim­ple. I did it all on my lap­top, and it only took a mat­ter of min­utes. I de­posited the ini­tial £10 into my ac­count and started to play.

I was sur­prised to find that Woman’s Own Bingo had a busy net­work of chat rooms. I was in­trigued, so I started chat­ting in one of them. Ev­ery­one was so friendly, and we’d talk about ev­ery­thing from the games we were play­ing to what we were hav­ing for tea that night! Soon I found my­self look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with my friends in the chat rooms as much as play­ing the games. I’ll log in most evenings to play my free daily game, which as a mem­ber I can play if I have wa­gered £2 in the last seven days. On th­ese daily free games, you can win cash or free spins. I usu­ally play the slot games twice a week and I’ll al­low my­self an hour of fun. I’ve even had a few small wins, too. My favourite slot game is Tiki Tem­ple be­cause prices start from 1p per spin and it’s fun to play.

Tem­ple of... boom!

One early morn­ing in Septem­ber 2017, I went down­stairs and made my­self a cup of cof­fee. Curled up on the sofa, I de­cided to play Tiki Tem­ple.

Af­ter a cou­ple of spins, I made it into the bonus round and got through to the Tem­ple it­self, where I knew I had a chance of win­ning the jack­pot. I was only play­ing it for a minute or so when sud­denly a trea­sure chest poured out gold coins.

‘I’ve won,’ I thought. Check­ing my ac­count, I was amazed to find it had gone up by £4,561! I couldn’t be­lieve it. For 10 min­utes, I just sat in amaze­ment. Then I ran up­stairs and woke my son, Daniel,

‘I never ex­pected a big wind­fall like this!’

29, to tell him. ‘Thank good­ness, I thought there was some­thing wrong,’ he gasped. I couldn’t wait to call Mum. When I told her the good news, she was over the moon for me. ‘Well done, Ka­t­rina,’ she said. ‘That’s fan­tas­tic!’

Sparkling finds

Later that day, Daniel and I de­cided to go on a cel­e­bra­tory shop­ping trip. His 30th birth­day wasn’t far away, so I treated him to a nice new pair of train­ers. I also bought my mum some sparkly tops – I wanted to sur­prise her as she never buys any­thing for her­self!

I put most of my win­nings into my sav­ings ac­count. But I did set some aside to treat Daniel to a spe­cial birth­day meal. We went to a pan-asian restau­rant, where they cook the food on huge grills in front of you. It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

I’ve been play­ing bingo for over 10 years, but I never ex­pected to have a big wind­fall like this. Although it’s a nice bonus, it’s not the main rea­son why I en­joy play­ing Woman’s Own Bingo. For me, it’s all about the on­line co mmu­ni­ties and hav­ing such a nice group of peo­ple to chat with while I’m play­ing my favourite games. It’s much more so­cia­ble than I ex­pected it to be and I love that the most. Be­ing a very busy mum, it’s im­por­tant to set aside some time for my­self and Woman’s Own Bingo of­fers a lot of fun, which I re­ally en­joy.

Treat­ing her son to some ‘food the­atre’ was just part of the fun

Ka­t­rina was play­ing her favourite slot game when she won

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