25th Apr2019

Biggest Ever Bingo Wins

by James Smith


As fun and enjoyable as playing bingo is, the real reason people participate is to scoop as much money as possible. Ever since it was legalised in the United Kingdom in 1960, bingo quickly established itself as one of Britain’s favourite pastimes and plenty of punters have landed some sizeable pay-outs. Even further afield, bingo’s popularity extends globally and there’s been some truly eye-watering amounts won in recent times. It’s hardly a surprise to learn that online bingo in particular, can generate some huge jackpots and this will sustain the popularity in one of the oldest games in the world.

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest bingo wins ever recorded but before we do, you can try your luck online with Paddy Power’s latest offerings via Bingo games – with plenty of cash prizes ready to be won.

Christine Bradfield – £1.1 million

It’s been 11 years since Christine Bradfield won just over £1 million playing bingo, which at the time made her the biggest in-house winner in the UK. Christine’s life-changing win occurred at her local hall in Caerphilly, where she had been playing for over ten years and her loyalty clearly paid off. Christine shared her winnings with her sister-in-law and long-term bingo partner Lorraine Williams, and this is what she said at the time of her win: “I love playing bingo and have been playing it since I was 18. I’ve had a few nice wins over the years but nothing anywhere near this. “I couldn’t believe it when they told me it was believed to be the biggest in the world.”

Soraya Lowell – £1.2 million

Christine’s win was somewhat overshadowed when Soraya Lowell won £1.2 million, making her the new biggest in-house bingo winner in the UK. Soraya picked up her huge jackpot win just a month after Christine, and also split her winnings with her bingo partner. That partner was Agnes O’Neil, who sadly passed on just after Soraya’s win and she also filed for divorce from her husband. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only thing that Soraya filed for, she was made bankrupt just three years after her win. Here’s to hoping she enjoyed it while it lasted.

Lisa Potter – £1.3 million

Mum of three Lisa Potter was next-up to win big playing bingo, landing a cool £1.3 million whilst playing online and staking just £5. According to the Oxford Mail, Lisa explained how the money would be used for her kids’ future: “We have got our eye on a new house and a new car, but just to be able to have the kids’ future sorted is the main thing. Being able to afford their schooling and university without problems is something we would never have been able to afford before.” It’s also reported that Lisa’s partner, Terry Goldman, was ignoring Lisa in favour of the European Championships that were on at the time. You can almost guarantee he won’t ignore her ever again!


Georgios M – £5.1 million

Now we move on to the really juicy wins. Even today, Georgios M huge jackpot of £5.1 million still remains one of the most famous bingo wins ever. Mystery surrounds the true identity of Georgios M, other than we know he’s a Greek businessman and he won online. His win came back in 2009 and funnily enough, he has remained anonymous ever since his life-changing win. Your guess is as good as ours as to whether he squandered his windfall or invested wisely, but either way, let’s hope he enjoyed his new found riches.

John Orchard – £5.9 million

And here we have it, the biggest ever bingo win and the huge jackpot was won by John Orchard in 2012. The retired factory worker landed £5.9 million from just a 30p wager playing online, and what a decision it proved to be. According the Daily Mail, John was playing The Dark Knight Batman-themed game and plans on sharing his win amongst his immediate family – with a holiday to Center Parcs top of the agenda! We have to take our hats off to John, an incredible and unbelievable win which just goes to show that anyone can win big.

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