2022 was a lucky year for bingo lovers as Mecca Bingo gave away a staggering £148,422,033* in prize money across its 64 venues. That’s enough to live in the most expensive suite at The Ritz for 80 years, buy 500 houses or one and a half Jack Grealishes!**
With nearly 59,000 prizes given away in its clubs every week, Mecca Bingo’s luckiest venues are in the North East and Yorkshire, where players scooped a staggering £28.7 million (£28,736,537) this year – enough to do the weekly food shop for almost every resident in Newcastle and Durham***. Stockton was also named the luckiest town based on total amount of winnings, as fortunate Mecca bingo players raked in a share of nearly £4.5 million (£4,419,265) in prize money this year.
Despite all the ups and downs of 2022, Mecca Bingo has made dreams come true for 18 super lucky winners this year, who each won £50,000 jackpots on the National Game! The life changing prizes have been given away in Mecca’s clubs across the UK, from Aberdeen in the North to Romford in the South with players at Mecca Paisley hitting the lucky jackpot twice, firstly in May and again in September.
Mike Sime, head of bingo at Mecca Bingo, commented on the volume of winnings this year: “Times may be tough, but bingo is all about creating communities and accessible entertainment and we’re delighted to reveal that our clubs have handed out such life-changing amounts of money throughout 2022. It’s an amazing way to end another brilliant year at Mecca Bingo. We are excited to see who will strike it lucky and be the first to experience a life-changing win in 2023.”
To find out more and find out where your nearest club is visit https://www.meccabingo.com/bingo-clubs.
Notes to Editors
*Prize winnings based on Mecca’s clubs only, January – November 2022
** The Ritz’s top suite costs £5,060, the UK’s average house price is £296,000 (August 2022) and Jack Grealish was last bought for £100,000,000 in 2021.
***Average food shop for an average family is £86 per week. Durham population: 66,000 and Newcastle population: 280,000.
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About Mecca Bingo
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Owned by the Rank Group Plc, Mecca Bingo is one of the largest Bingo and Slots operators in the UK.
Mecca provides entertainment, for over 18s only, across its UK wide venues as well as its award-winning online site and app, which includes free to play and paid games and chat rooms. Both online and retail venues raise money for Mecca’s charity partner Carers Trust.
Mecca Bingo has a firm commitment to safer gambling with a range of tools and support services to ensure that customers can always keep it fun. These include deposit limits, reality checks and take a break as well as direct support from the customer care team.
For further information on retail venues and online play go to: www.meccabingo.com
Rank’s operations principally comprise:
Grosvenor Casinos – The UK’s largest multi-channel casino operator. 51 casinos in Great Britain;
Mecca – Rank’s multi-channel community-based gaming brand for the British market. 64 bingo clubs in Great Britain;
Enracha – Rank’s community-based gaming business for the Spanish market. Nine bingo clubs in Spain;
Rank Interactive – Rank’s UK digital business operates a multi-branded strategy, using a combination of its proprietary and non-proprietary licensed software to provide online bingo, casino and slot gaming; and
YoBingo – A leading online bingo operator in Spain.
For more information about The Rank Group Plc, visit www.rank.com