Helen Hopcraft, a mum and grandmother from Chesterton, Cambridge has just scooped over £24,000 on a single game of bingo.
On hearing her last number come out (number 86) she was so shocked that her husband had to shout out to stop the game.
Having played bingo regularly for a number of years her biggest prize prior to this was £50.
“It was such a fantastic surprise. My children had already heard about the win, and were waiting to welcome me home – once I had finished the last few games of course!” Helen commented.
Helen, who has 4 children and 8 grandchildren said the realization is only just starting to sink in “I couldn’t sleep, I was so excited. We go to the bingo to socialize really –you can have a drink and it’s not too expensive – but I never dreamed I would win big money.”
Their plans for the money so far include a toto sgp dream holiday in the sun, one Helen says they couldn’t have afforded before, along with a gift for all her children and grandchildren.
The club’s general manager said he was very pleased for Mrs Hopcraft and that two other players had won substantial prizes earlier the same evening.
Britain Host to Online Gaming Talks
In a bid to gain support for the regulation of the industry and prevention of underage access, Britain plans to hold online gaming talks this year.
Anthony Wright, a spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport stated “We want to initiate a discussion about problem areas which include protection of children, advertising, money laundering and criminal infiltration”.
Britain is pushing the talks after seeing the generation of multi- billion dollar revenues from three large floats on the UK stock market in 2005.
With broadband access aiding the boom, online casinos and poker rooms grow ever more popular, forming a market valued at $12 billion a year.
In an attempt to modernize the country’s 40 year old gambling laws, Britain introduced the Gambling Act last year.
“We became the first industrialized nation to legalize online gaming… The reason we introduced the act was to regulate new forms of gambling. We can only get so far on our own.” commented Wright.
Positive feedback on the talks has so far been received from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Student Wins $205,000 in First Live Tournament
After sitting out a semester, a University of Alabama student has won $205,000 in his first ever live tournament, the Aussie Millions Tournament in Melbourne.
Friends and family greeted Shannon Shorr, 20, on his return to congratulate him on his 4th place win at the tournament playing against some of the best players in the world.
Despite playing online poker for the past two years this was Shorr’s first live tournament, commenting “You’ve got to sit there like a stone”.
With a starting pool of 480 players Shorr won his way to the final table where he contended with the eventual champion, and author of one of the current best selling poker books, Lee Nelson from New Zealand.
Shorr will be one of the featured players when the tournament airs on United States television.
Leaving in about a week Shorr is off to the Bahamas to play the Canadian Poker Championship Main Event.