It doesn’t matter where you live in Europe, you can bet that watching the Euro 2012 football tournament is one of the most popular activities this summer. Some of the games tend to be snooze fests though, and when Lisa Potter of Litney, Oxfordshire in England recently found it hard to stay awake during one of the matches she decided to try her hand at something a little more exciting… like online bingo.
While her partner Terry Goodman opted to watch the rest of the football game, 33-year-old Lisa almost fell out of her chair when she won a total of £1.3 million in just a matter of minutes after placing a £5 bet. Ladbrokes bingo definitely turned out to be a more exciting and more rewarding choice than watching Spain thump Ireland 4-0 and even Terry had to agree.
The mother of three said she was getting bored with the match on TV and figured she’d log on to Ladbrokes Bingo site. When she did, Lisa said she noticed the jackpot had reached well over a million pounds and figured she had nothing to lose but a lot to gain if she just made a small bet. She gave it a go and couldn’t believe her eyes when the screen announced her as the winner.
Lisa said her mind went blank after that and the last thing she remembers was her children entering the room and starting to scream with joy. Ladbrokes said the jackpot was the third largest it has ever given out and the biggest one for that type of online game during the past three years.
Lisa said she plans on taking her family on a luxurious holiday somewhere and would also like to buy a new house and car. She stated that her family’s life will definitely change forever due to the huge win. The exact amount of the jackpot was £1,364,745.23. Ladbrokes handed Lisa a cheque for that amount and then threw a champagne party for her and her family.
Alex Donohue, an official with Ladbrokes, said he bets Lisa will never moan again at Terry for watching football. A friend of the family added that Lisa’s a lovely woman and everybody’s thrilled for her. After the win, Lisa joked that she might bet a few pounds on England to beat Ukraine, and they managed to come through for her by beating the co-hosts 1-0. Of course, they didn’t go any further after losing to Italy on penalty kicks in their quarterfinal match.
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