Bored UK ‘Football Widow’ Wins a £1.3 Million Online Bingo Jackpot

Most Americans are familiar with the term ‘football widow.’ The term is usually used to describe a married woman whose husband is so wrapped up in watching football games that she may as well be a widow. Believe it or not they actually have football widows in Great Britain where football (soccer to Yanks) is extremely popular. In one case in the UK a woman got so bored with her husband watching football games that she decided to go on the internet and play online bingo to entertain herself. Lisa Potter, who is from Oxfordshire, placed a £5 wager ($7.86910 USD) at a popular online bingo site due to boredom while her partner was wrapped up watching every day of the Euro 2012 football tournament.

On her second spin Potter won the entire rollover jackpot. Potter stated “I had a spare minute and wanted to get away from the football so logged on. As soon as I saw the size of the jackpot I thought it was worth a go and couldn’t believe my eyes when it said I’d won. I can’t remember much after that as it’s such a blur. My kids came into the room and we all started screaming together – it’s like a madhouse in here.” Potter ended up winning a £1.3 million online bingo jackpot. ($2,045,933.44 USD)

Potter plans on spending her bingo winnings on a new car and house and plans to taker partner, Terry Goodman, and the rest of her family on a holiday. Potter stated “We’re a normal family so this will change my life forever. The first thing we’re going to do is buy a new house before treating ourselves.” Potter’s jackpot is the third largest ever won in a UK bingo game and is also the biggest bingo win in three years. Ladbrokes, the company that operates the site where Potter won her fortune, said that during the current Euro 2012 football tournament there has been a 400% increase in player numbers. Ladbrokes representative Jessica Bridge told reporters “We’re absolutely over the moon for her. It’s one of the biggest wins of all time and we’ve sent the champers along to kick off the celebrations. We bet she’ll never moan at her man for watching the footy again!”

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