A few months back, promotional online bingo games in Scotland were organized with half a dozen Fiat Pandas offered as the grand prize.
The organizers, with years of experience operating online bingo games were doing their first promotion in Scotland and never realized that some of the locals are not the luckiest people when it comes to vehicles.
It’s the norm to see a large turnout at any event where not one but multiple free cars are awarded to the top tier online bingo winners.
Yet organizers never expected that the real problem will not be the new players unfamiliar with online bingo rules but the actual winners coming up to pick up the cars.
Out of the five online bingo games winners who showed up to pick up their car, the first three came without a driver license and were refused permission to pick up the car.
The fourth online bingo game winner once had a license and knew how to drive – drive too well it seems since his license was indefinitely suspended for almost outrunning a police chase.
The fifth online bingo winner drove up on a giant motorcycle without thinking through what to do with the bike once inside the car. The organizers refused to help him strap the 800cc motorcycle to the roof of the Fiat.
The sixth winner, who plays under the name ‘Big Mama’ never bothered to show up to even claim her car and hasn’t answered her mail, email or telephone for weeks since the day the prizes were awarded.
That day, the shocked promoters were unable to award even a single car and learned that online bingo games in Scotland are sometimes more difficult than imagined.
Last Sunday, a woman from Wolverhampton (who wishes to remain anonymous) went to the Gala Bingo club at Ashmore Park with some friends to enjoy an evening of fun and games. The night started off with a bang when some of her friends won the house prize of £3,000. Things soon got even more exciting when the lucky lady hit the club’s High 5 jackpot, which paid out an amazing £250,000.
Because the High 5 jackpot is designed to benefit more than just one player, the winner only took home half the prize money. The rest got distributed between all the other players in the bingo club. There were 61 at the time, so each one went home with £2,049.18.
“I am absolutely ecstatic with the win,” said the 76 year old grandmother. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet – when I got home from bingo I just sat staring into space while it hit me! I’m going to spend the money on my kids, my grandchildren and some home improvements.”
Gala Bingo runs 145 clubs across the UK. Since the High 5 jackpot was launched in 2007, it has paid out a total £17,096,890.09.
Gala is also one of the many groups that offer online bingo games in the UK. Dozens of other top online gambling groups provide internet bingo services for UK players. All accept deposits in British Pounds. While jackpots as big as the one won at Gala Bingo over the weekend are not so common online, some of the internet’s top online bingo rooms offer progressive jackpot bingo games and progressive side games that can pay out enormous prizes.