A Chipping Norton lady who has been playing bingo for 34 years has won around £25,000 in the national game.
Diana Marlow, 52, attends the Gala Bingo, in Banbury, every Sunday and has been playing the game since the age of 18.
Mrs Marlow comes from a family of bingo players with her father, mother and sister, Jane, having all played the game.
She has won a few minor prizes over the years, the largest being £1,200, but that changed on March 4 when she played the National Live game, a live link up/bingo call with all clubs across the country. Players pay £1 to take part.
Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Mrs Marlow said when she told Jane her numbers had come up during the game, Jane said, ‘You have just won £25,000!’
The mother-of-two said: “I went as white as a sheet. I had to play the rest of the game and I was thinking, ‘Oh my god, I’ve won some money.’
“I was in shock, total shock. It just hit me. It took three days before it sank in I had won that money.”
Mrs Marlow added she was going to spend some of the money on a new car and the rest would go in the bank.
She was presented with a cheque last Sunday, which was the icing on the cake on a weekend which saw the birth of her second grandchild, Archie, who joins her granddaughter, Eve.
She shared a bottle of bubbly with the staff as a way of saying thank you.
Mrs Marlow, who has been a member of the Banbury club since 1999, said she would continue to go to bingo.
She said: “I love it, absolutely love going to bingo. It’s the atmosphere and the friendly staff.”