Lucky Bingo Player Becomes First Mecca Bingo Millionaire

Written by: Nikola Zugic on 22/09/2007 09:00
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A lucky mother of two has become the UK's  first bingo millionaire just weeks after being made redundant from her job.

Margaret Shearer, 46, won the one million pound jackpot at a lunchtime bingo session at a Mecca bingo club.

Ms Shearer was playing bingo in the company of her mother Margaret Money, she only went to the game because she had lost her job at a biscuit factory three weeks before the massive win.

The win came just weeks after the gaming laws were relaxed to allow such huge prizes in clubs.

Ms Shearer, from the Ruchazie area of Glasgow, had worked at the McVitie's factory in Glasgow until she was made redundent ealry last month. 


She said she was stunned at her win at the Glasgow Forge branch of Mecca bingo.

"It's not sunk in yet," she said, adding: "I just haven't a clue what I'm going to do with the money. It's such a enormous amount that it's difficult to grasp what it really means."

She said she had experienced hot flushes before she started playing the lunchtime session, and "just felt that something was going to happen".

A spokesman for Mecca bingo revealed Ms Shearer had been a member for 30 years and her mother was her regular playing companion.

The spokesman said: "She is superstitious, and always carries a miniature Buddha figure in her handbag."

Grant Munro, manager at the club, said: "Her face was a picture of stunned silence, but the rest of the club went absolutely wild and they were all so pleased for her.

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