Bingo player becomes local heroine after sharing her Gala High 5 £669,242 jackpot with 136 other pla

From: Gala Bingo
Published: Wed Feb 13 2008

A Paisley based bingo lover has become a local heroine thanks to Gala Bingo’s newest game Gala High 5. As part of the game, the winner shared half of her massive £669,242 jackpot with all of the club’s members playing the game that day, making Paisley one of the luckiest bingo clubs in the country.

The great win came when she was playing bingo with other members across the UK in the Gala High 5 game. When calling house on the number 5, the lucky local scooped 50 per cent of the jackpot (£334,621) and shared the other half with the 173 members in the club at the time – meaning everyone else walked away with £1,934 just for playing the game at that club.

The Gala High 5 bingo game was launched as a direct result of the new Gambling Act which now allows bingo clubs to run cumulative jackpots. There have since been 5 jackpot wins and over twenty 10% winners.

A total of £3,411,280 has now been paid out as a result of the Gala High 5 game, which creates more winners more often. It follows on from Gala Bingo’s million pound jackpot game, KerChingo, which was won five months ago.

The Gala High 5 win came as a huge surprise to the lucky local who initially thought she’d only won the full house prize of £8,000 but because she called house on the number 5, her win rocketed to £334,621 and left other club members reached for the champagne when realising they’d won too.

Peter Connor, Club manager, Paisley comments: "We’re delighted to have a jackpot winner of Gala High 5 in our club. The way the game works is very simple; if ‘house’ is called on number 5, players can claim 50 per cent of the rollover jackpot, whilst the remaining 50 per cent is shared by all the other players at the club. There’s another chance to win if members call ‘house’ on a number ending with a five. For example, number 85, where 10 per cent of the total cash is awarded to that player, the rest of the jackpot rolls over to the next game."


Notes to editors
- The game is linked to clubs nationally which increases the stakes each time there is a rollover and is played twice a day
- For the most up-to-date jackpot figure visit
- The Gala High 5 game will be played twice a day at afternoon and evening sessions
- Daytime sessions begin at 2pm, evening sessions at 8pm. Players have to be over 18 to play bingo.

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The Gala Coral Group is Europe's leading integrated gaming company and one of Britain’s largest private companies, with over 1800 retail trading outlets in the UK and an E-Commerce division, which offers customers casino, poker and sports betting on line, as well as online bingo. The Group employs over 19,000 people in the UK, and is the first in the industry to achieve full GamCare accreditation, covering all of the Group’s divisions - Coral/Gala Bingo/Gala Casino/E Commerce.

Gala Bingo is the industry leader with approximately 28 million admissions from 169 clubs, every year and a typical weekly payout of £25 million in prize money.

Gala Casinos is one of the UK's largest casino operators with 30 casinos across the UK and Gibraltar and over 1.3 million members.

Coral is currently the fastest growing bookmaker in Britain, with almost 1600 retail outlets. Since acquiring Coral in October 2005, Gala Coral Group has increased the size of its betting shop estate from 1260 to nearly 1600, an increase of over 20 per cent.

The Gala Coral E-Commerce Division is responsible for the development, management and operation of all the e-commerce activities of The Gala Coral Group. This includes the websites of the Group’s UK brands, Gala Bingo, Gala Casinos and Coral, along with Eurobet, the Group’s international brand. Other services operated by the division include Gala TV, the world’s first interactive bingo television channel,, the international sports results service and the Great British Poker Tour.

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