A 77 year-old great-grandfather from Dunfermline has won more than £20,000 in one afternoon whilst playing his favourite game – bingo at Carlton Bingo.

By March 13, 2007

Mr Lindsay Wilson was playing a National Bingo Game called ‘Afternoon Delight’ at Carlton Bingo, Fife Leisure Park on Thursday, 1 March when he struck lucky.

He won the National prize of £20,000, plus the Zone prize of £405 and the house prize of £50 after completing a full house in 44 numbers, the lowest call in any of the 500 clubs playing nationwide that afternoon.

Mr Wilson is ‘overjoyed’ with his win, and is particularly complimentary about Carlton Bingo, saying:

“I play bingo three times per week and always look forward to visiting the club,” he said, “The staff are all very pleasant and helpful and it’s enlightening to see all the young people playing there and enjoying themselves.  The facilities also need to be seen to be believed.  As a senior citizen I am very pleased to see that people with disabilities are well catered for.”

Lindsay, who has four children, one grandchild and one great grandchild, has been a player at the Carlton venue since it opened and plays there each week with his partner. 

He says he doesn’t yet know what he will do with the money as he is still in shock.

Notes to Editor

1. Lindsay has agreed to be named providing no address is published but does not want to be photographed. 

2. Carlton Bingo, an indigenous company with a 72-year history, is Scotland’s largest independent Bingo operator.  Carlton Bingo has 160,000 registered players.

With its headquarters still in its home town of Inverness, it has evolved and grown to £24   million turnover organisation with 16 venues across Scotland and England and 524 staff. The company adheres to strong ethical principles of social responsibility towards its customers, suppliers, staff and the local community. It regularly raises money for charity on a national and local level.

Carlton Bingo was the first bingo company in the UK to be awarded a GamCare certificate of Social Responsibility.

For further information contact: Jen Symington at Indigo on 0131 554 1039 or email: Jennifer@indigopr.com.

3. National Bingo Game
Contact: Georgina Palmer, National Bingo Regional Press Office: 01438-718500

 N.B. Prize amounts may vary slightly from those quoted, subject to Game scrutiny and validation.

BINGO QUICK FACTS

• The National Bingo Game is the second largest computer controlled game in the UK, the national lottery being the largest.
• Around 500 clubs link together to play the National Game everyday, except Christmas Day.
• Over £1m is played for every week in prize money on the National Bingo Game and over £35m in bingo over all.
• From 18th July 2005 the National Bingo Game introduced ‘Afternoon Delight’ to bingo clubs nationwide to win up to £20,000, Monday to Friday afternoons.
• Total prize money won since the National Bingo Game started in June 1986 currently stands at £938,000,000.               .
• Bingo got its present name in 1930 when an American, Edwin Lowe, patented the name.  The game was reputedly played by the Romans, and was recorded as a children’s game under the name of ‘lotto’ in 1778.
• There are 688 licensed bingo clubs in the UK.
• Over three million people play bingo regularly in the UK (more than twice a week).
• Eight per cent of the UK population play bingo – 10% of all women and 5% of all men.
• The average customer at a licensed bingo club spends £15-20 on an evening at bingo.  This includes bingo tickets, VAT and duty, food, drink and other gaming, but excludes any winnings.
• Most common reasons for playing bingo are because it’s fun, it offers companionship and the chance to socialise as well as winning big money.
• Celebrities love bingo!  Catherine Zeta Jones can thank bingo for her career after her dad won enough to afford to send her to theatre school; Robbie Williams went to his local Bingo club in Stoke and played bingo with Daryl Hannah in his music video for Feel. 
• Other celebrity fans include: Denise Van Outen, Scott Mills, not to mention The Queen, who apparently chooses to call ‘Palace’ rather than ‘house’!
• A number of celebrities also started their careers in bingo calling, including Simon from boy band Blue, Eastender’s Shane Richie, Russell Crowe and Kian from Westlife.

12th March 2007