Buzz Bingo player wins £170,000 jackpot with a little help from the rain

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One lucky player at Buzz Bingo Southampton has won more than £170,000, following a month-long jackpot rollover.

Buzz Bingo, the UK’s largest retail Bingo operator, has announced the winner of a life-changing £169,046.81 jackpot, plus a £2,500 Full House prize in-club, after the prize money was rolled over for a total of 32 days.

Thirty-three-year-old Gareth Bedford, from Southampton, took home the combined winnings of £171,546.81 on 14 August 2019. He won the Rollover Jackpot on the number 55 while playing with his dad, Peter Bedford and sister, Claire Kassimy at his local club, Buzz Bingo Antelope Park, in Southampton.

The lucky dauber nearly missed out on the prize however for he was supposed to be enjoying a day at the races. In a stroke of good fortune their plans changed due to the rain and Bedford, along with his father and sister, decided to enjoy an evening of Bingo instead.

A regular at Buzz Bingo’s Southampton clubs, Bedford said: “I am ecstatic and shocked to have won such a life-changing sum of money. When I called ‘house’, I hadn’t realised how long the jackpot had rolled over for. What I thought was a normal £2,500 win turned out to be over £171,000! I couldn’t quite believe it and when someone told me, I burst into tears of joy and bought all the other players a round of drinks to celebrate.”

Now, Buzz Bingo will be hosting a party held to celebrate the lucky winner taking home the £171,000 prize. The party will be held in the Antelope Park club, in Bursledon Road, on 31st August at 6:45pm with a glass of fizz for guests on arrival and a Cher tribute at 9:30pm to get the party started. Players will be able to celebrate with a £5 main event with a last house prize of £200.

He added: “I will be sharing half of the winnings with my dad and splitting the other half with my sister. We’d like to share a huge thanks to the Buzz Bingo team. Paula and the rest of the staff made us feel like royalty and we enjoyed an impromptu party in-club immediately after the win!”

Paula Joynson, General Manager at Buzz Bingo’s Southampton Antelope Park club, added: “We couldn’t be happier for Gareth’s incredible win! The Double Number Jackpot is still quite a new game to Buzz Bingo so to see someone in our club win such a huge jackpot this early in is phenomenal. We are very much looking forward to celebrating Gareth’s win with our other members at our party night at the end of the month.”

Members flocked to Facebook to share their congratulations for Mr Bedford’s big win, including other players who had been in-club when he realised his luck.

Gareth is the third person to take home Double Number Jackpot prize, following a £12,364.38 win on 11 July and £11,960.38 just two days later, on 13 July.

This win adds to the incredible £3.9 million average won in club by members each week, with £400,000 a week won online.

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