I’ve never really been lucky at games of chance or the lottery though way back in 1976 I won five prizes on six cards at a charity bingo game. The card that didn’t win anything was my own, and the other five I had been ‘filling in’ for other people as they got the refreshments ready, went to the loo, or generally got fed up.
When we moved to Lincolnshire, I became chatty with a lady walking her german shepherd and we struck up a friendship to the extent that she invited me to join her for a bingo evening.
Everyone bought 6 books, so I followed suit and each book had 10 games in it.
I soon got into the swing of things and won a box of chocolates for four corners.
I went on to win several other things, including three raffle prizes, and the star prize of the night, an Easter Cake and cake stand.
One of the other prizes I won was a gift card for £10 purchased from the Post Office to spend as you wished in any of the shops listed on the back.
Sadly most were either not local or places we’d never use, but there was one in particular where I used to get some tops or underwear from, so I thought great!
Luckily I had the foresight to ask if the card was taken before making my purchases, and I was told that it was no longer valid there, and in fact hadn’t been for over a year. Pity they hadn’t thought to tell the suppliers that!
I did spend it eventually in a DIY outlet on wood, having to pay the surplus of some twenty quid, but hey, that’s better than thirty, right?