A very lucky player from Workington won the 200,000 pound Jackpot Prize in the National bingo game. The player, Valerie Hargrave, a resident of Moss Bay, won the prize while she was playing at Opera Bingo in the town center on December 12, 2006. The win was confirmed by Graves Cumberland, who operates the Opera Bingo.
The National Bingo Game is considered Britain's largest bingo game and involves around 500 bingo halls in the country which are simultaneously linked to the system. Both the Opera Bingo and Graves Cumberland are no first timers when it comes to big pay-outs. The Workington based Club is considered one of the "luckiest" clubs in Britain when it comes to Bingo Wins. In the last 8 years, the organization's three bingo clubs located in Whitehaven, Workington and Penrith have paid out more than 2.3 million pounds to national game winners.
Just last year, Marc Goodwin, a former Manager of the Gala Bingo Club in Carlisle, won 81,000 pounds at Workington's Opera Bingo Club. He was considered the 13th Big Bingo Winner for the Graves Cumberland Organization. Other Big Winners at the Opera Bingo Club are pensioner Jean Steele, who won about 101,000 pounds at the Gaiety in Whitehaven coinciding her 80th Birthday. Just a month earlier, Anita Matraevers was the very first big winner at the Workington based bingo hall, taking home 42,000 pounds in total cash prizes. She was followed by Keswick resident Barbara Hinde's 101,000 pounds at the Penrith Bingo Club. According to Charlotte Kennedy, the Marketing Manager for Graves Cumberland, they are very happy with all of this good news coming from their bingo clubs.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007