When Samantha McKay decided to log in to an online bingo site for the first time in over a year, she never in her wildest dreams could've guessed the outcome.
The 32-year old from Porthcawl, Wales placed six bets, the first with an initial stake of just £1. A few bets later and Samantha was over the moon to find out she had won £10,000. Deciding to ride her luck, she upped the stakes to £50. By the third bet, Samantha was staggered to find she had won £50,000. Whilst most dabbers would've banked their winnings by then, the mum of two decided to ride her luck and placed the maximum allowed on a single bet – £200 – and was shellshocked to find out she won again, this time an incredible £200,000, taking her total winnings to cool quarter of a million pounds in just a few bets starting at only £1.
The massive win was made all the sweeter by the fact that the self-employed hairdresser was turned down for a mortgage only a week before. After a long, hard 11 year slog to save a total of £18,000 for a deposit to buy a house, Samantha along with her husband Damien, were able to buy a house outright with the bingo winnings.
Spending the Winnings
After buying a three bedroomed property, Samantha also purchased a holiday caravan for her mum Julie, with some of the leftover winnings.
Now, Samantha has gone back to work in the hairdresser shop she owns and said of the win:
“When I saw the amount flash up on the screen I nearly died – I couldn’t believe it.
“My husband and I have been saving for nearly 11 years and we were even competing to see who could save the most each month.
“When I sat him down and told him I’d been playing online bingo, I think he thought I’d blown our savings.
“Then I told him I'd won, he was in absolute shock when I said it was £250,000.
“It was perfect timing for us after the mortgage we applied for was rejected.
“We also got brand new furniture and I treated myself to the most expensive bedding I could find.
“It still doesn’t feel real that we own our house – it’s more than we could have dreamed.”
A regular online bingo player in 2018, Samantha decided to close her account and have a ‘cooling-off period' having not enjoyed any real success playing. An email from the site persuaded her to reactivate her account and the rest, as they say, is history!
Ben has been an massive bingo enthusiast and fan since playing at the seaside as a kid. Dedicated to bringing you the latest and best bingo news from the UK