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'Biggest ever' bingo jackpot won
Christine Bradfield (left) with Castle Club general manager Mike Wiltshire and Lorraine Williams
Christine Bradfield is sharing the jackpot with Lorraine Williams
A grandmother has become a millionaire after scooping what is claimed to be the world's biggest bingo win.

Christine Bradfield, from Bargoed in Caerphilly county, won more than 1.1m at The Castle Club in Merthyr Tydfil.

The 53-year-old won the National Bingo Game's platinum prize at the Sunday night session at the club.

The jackpot played in 470 clubs across the UK is the biggest in Britain and it is thought to be the biggest anywhere in the world say its organisers.

"At this time we certainly believe Christine's win is the biggest win a legitimate game of bingo in the world," said Steve Baldwin, communications manager for the National Bingo Game.

The Castle Club in Merthyr went "absolutely crazy" when Mrs Bradfield's win was announced on Sunday night.

I won't be giving up work. I couldn't be at home or I'd be out shopping all the time
Christine Bradfield

The club's general manager Mike Wiltshire was calling the game that made her a millionaire.

"The place erupted, everyone went wild," he said.

"It was amazing. And word spread quickly so that most people in Merthyr knew before the end of the evening."

Mrs Bradfield herself said she was "in shock" and so was her crane driver husband Ray when she phoned him with news of her win.

She said: "We won't sleep tonight but he has to go to work in the morning."

But she plans to share her 1.1m prize with her sister-in-law Lorraine Williams, who is from Aberbargoed, and her giant win on the bingo does not signal a life of leisure, she said.


"I work three days a week in a garage and luckily I don't have to be in until Wednesday, but I'll be there then," she said.

"I won't be giving up work. I couldn't be at home or I'd be out shopping all the time."

And she said she will not be giving up bingo either.

"I just love the game," she said. "I have been playing since I was old enough at 18 and I won't stop now."

She said she could not repeat what her son and daughter said when she phoned them with the news and said she will use the money to spoil her three grandchildren.

Christine joined the Castle Club when it opened 11 years ago and plays there twice a week.

Her prize-money, totalling 1,101,686 was made up of the Platinum Jackpot prize of 1,018,233; the Sunday night National Game prize of 80,000, the Zone prize of 3,121 and the Club prize of 335.

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