This year has been a difficult time for bingo fans. The global pandemic saw bingo clubs close in March, only for most to reopen in July.
For Mecca Bingo, club closures have been few and far between. Unlike Buzz Bingo who had to close 26 of their 117 bingo clubs, Mecca Bingo kept their clubs open.
As revealed in the exclusive BingoDaily interview with David Williams, Rank Group's Director of Public Affairs, Mecca Bingo has paid out over a staggering £10 million in cash prizes in its 72 clubs since they started reopening from the 4th of July.
Since reopening, Mecca Bingo clubs have hosted the National Bingo Jackpot winners five times, one more than Buzz Bingo. The £50,000 jackpots have been won at Mecca's Glasgow, Stockton, Hartlepool and Eltham Hill.
Opening hours in the majority of clubs have been extended since reopening. Also, introducing hourly ‘Popingo’ sessions to allow customers to literally pop in and play for an hour at a time that suits them.
In total, Mecca Bingo has seen an extra 20,000 bingo winners every week across all its open clubs.
Jonathon Swaine, Managing Director of Mecca Retail, said:
“To discover how much life-changing prize money we have given away in such a short space of time is overwhelming, it really goes to show just how much our customers have loved being back at their Mecca clubs.”
“Safety has of course always been our top priority, but we’re so pleased to have successfully reopened in a secure way that has allowed us to keep providing the Mecca entertainment and quality bingo that our players know and love. Here’s to the next £10 million!”
Online Payouts for 2020 Hit New Heights
It's not just in the clubs that Mecca Bingo has been giving out big cash prizes. At its online site, MeccaBingo.com a sizable £404 million in prize money so far this year, averaging £44 million a month.
There have been more than 5 million winners at the popular bingo site so far this year. With winter approaching and online activity increasing, that number could double by the end of the year.