A farmer’s wife who won £1.2m playing online bingo insists she will not live the life of luxury.
Mandy Bowman, of Buckie, in Moray, north-East Scotland, hit the £1,185,253 jackpot playing Glossy Bingo’s Major Millions slot game.
The 45-year-old married to husband John, 40, two years ago – and the cash will allow them to finally go on honeymoon.
Mandy said: “We’ll soon be lambing and then the cows will be out to the field, so it could be May or even June before we can take a holiday.
“My husband doesn’t have a passport, so when we do finally take a break it won’t be anywhere exotic – it will be in Scotland.
“I might treat myself to a 4×4 to make getting in and out of the farm easier.
“I asked my husband if he would like a new car, but he’s happy with the one he’s got.
“I’ve become a millionaire, but the day I really hit the jackpot was the day I met my husband.”
I didn’t sleep for three nights
Mandy has been playing Glossy Bingo website for about three years. She was at home playing the game on her phone, and had been able to win £400 before she decided to switch over to the Major Millions game – a five-reel online slot game with a progressive jackpot that is regularly over £400,000.
The object of the game is to match up three to five symbols in a row.
Mandy said: “When I switched onto the progressive jackpot, I started to lose. I was spinning away and I was down to my last £3. I thought there was no way I would win anything then.
“I spun again and all the symbols matched. I thought I was seeing things and then a message flashed up to say that I had won the jackpot. When I saw the number I thought it was a mistake or a joke – I really didn’t believe it.
“I’m not going to go wild and splurge it all on cars or holidays: we love this lifestyle and we love the farm, and we want to make a future for ourselves here.
“I wouldn’t say that I am even that much of a gambler. I’ll have a flutter once a month, and only with what I have in pocket money once all the bills are paid.
“My dad used to bet on horses and he always told me that you should only bet what you can afford to lose, and I’ve always stuck by that. It’s very good advice.
“I was very close to my dad and sadly he passed away last year – I like to think he was my lucky charm and he brought me this win.
“I might still have a game now and again as I play when I can sit down and have a cup of coffee and relax – it’s like a bit of chill-out time for me.”