Bingo is one of the nation’s best loved past times, growing from a game mostly played by the elderly, to a nationwide hit played by over 3 million people per year. Incredibly, there are approximately 20,000 people employed within the industry, with a whopping £725,179,338 being won in prize money since The National Bingo Game was started in 1986.
Here are just a handful of the most incredible world records in Bingo.
- The largest game of bingo involved an incredible 70,080 participants! This took place at an event organized in Bogotá, Colombia on December 2nd 2006
- Darryl Howe beat odds of more than 93 billion to one when his 15-number full house came in after just 23 calls. This astounding win happened only 40 minutes after Mr Howe first opened his account on the William Hill website. The lucky newcomer walked away with a giant jackpot of £18,000! Not bad for less than an hour’s work, right?
- The largest prize ever won was in the United Kingdom by 53 year old Christine Bradfield in January 27th, 2008. She was playing the Sunday night National Bingo Game in the Castle Leisure Bingo Club, located in South Wales. She won an eye watering £1,101,686. The National Bingo Game jackpot is not only considered to be the biggest jackpot in Britain, but also in the world.
- A mere two months later, the record was broken. On 23rd March 2008, Soraya Lowell from Motherwell, North Lanarkshire scooped an incredible £1,167,795, while playing The National Game at Club 3000 in Coatbridge.
- This next record proves you don’t need to leave home to win a life-changing sum at bingo these days. The world record for the largest ever online bingo win was set in February 2012 by Gill from Nottingham. Playing for just a 25p ticket, Gill won an amazing £510,049.26 in the comfort of her own home!
- The largest online bingo game was organized by the Coca Cola Company and it was played by 493,824 members of Coca-Cola Park in Tokyo, Japan, on September 3rd, 2010. That’s more than the entire population of Edinburgh!