Ilford resident scoops £1.2m win with £1 game played on a whim

PUBLISHED: 18:05 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:05 27 July 2018

The Ilford winner won £1.2m after picking a game at random. Picture: Dominic Lipinski

The Ilford winner won £1.2m after picking a game at random. Picture: Dominic Lipinski

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A lucky Ilford resident won £1.2 million after playing a £1 bingo game.

The fortunate player - who does not wish to be named - scooped the money during a spontaneous game of Cinderella’s Ball on

This is not the first time a fairy godmother of gaming was looking out for the player and he has had a few wins in the last few years, but none quite as big as this one.

“I am still in shock, it hasn’t sunk in,” the resident said, four hours after the win.

“Its a life-changing amount of money, but at this stage, I have not thought about any future plans.

“At this moment I am looking forward to sharing the news with my family.

“My only plan for today is to go for a walk and clear my head.”

The resident said when he feels like a flutter he will select a game on the website.

He said he wanted to thank Mecca Bingo for transforming his life.

“You hear about others winning this kind of money in the news but you never think it could happen to you completely at random.

“I thought it was an error at first but I’ve never been more pleased to be wrong, I’ve literally become a millionaire overnight.”

Caroline Webb, spokeswoman for Mecca Bingo, said: “We are always thrilled to celebrate with our winners, especially when the prize is as large as this one.

“We hope the winner has some big plans for the money and enjoys the fruits of their new-found millionaire lifestyle.”

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