Pensioners at war over £10K win at Gala Bingo Hall

Pensioners at war over £10K win at Gala Bingo Hall

Written by: Nikola Zugic on 18/10/2010 12:20

News has been spreading fast about two good friends who have come to blows over a recent jackpot win at their local Gala bingo hall. The pair had often shared winnings in the past, this time things turned nasty when one of the ladies won £10,000.

Muriel Harrison assumed her friend Sandra Fowler-McAllister would divide the winnings 50-50, as they had done in the past. She was therefore more than a little bit angry when her friend refused to split the jackpot evenly. In a somewhat ridiculous bid she launched a bid to claim £5,000 plus costs and interest against her friend.


Mrs. Harrison decided to pursue the claim as she felt a verbal agreement had been broken, however the interesting fact is her friend has actually offered a reasonable amount of her winnings as a gift.

Mrs Harrison said: 'She told me "I don't feel I can give you half". I said "What do you mean?" and she said "As you know I need the money more than you, you have got your own property".'


Understandably Mrs Fowler-McAllister disputed the claim, admitting she offered 20% of her winnings to her friend.

She explained to the court: 'You know that the High 5 is not an in-house game, it belongs to the country. It's a one-in-a-million chance.


'We never had any agreement if we won a large sum of money or if we would share. A share in her mind was 50 per cent but we never made any agreement. I've never ever said she couldn't have a share.
'It was because it wasn't 50 per cent she wouldn't accept it.'

The judge dropped the case and explained that neither woman was lying; it seems to just be an unfortunate set of circumstances and disagreements. However, even after the case was dismissed Mrs Harrison has made plans to appeal.


A Gala bingo spokesperson reflected on the event by saying 'The last thing we want to see is friends fall out over a game of bingo and I hope that both Muriel and Sandra come back to Gala soon as friends.


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