Julie Meiklejohn and Andrew Lawson
Julie scoops UK bingo win
Forth Valley College Kitchen Supervisor brought the house down last week when she scooped the top prize in a UK wide bingo game.
Julie Meiklejohn (53) from Stirling – who works in the Alloa campus refectory – won £270,212 while playing with her friends at her regular Monday night game (30 January) at the Carlton Bingo Club in her home town.
“Once you have shouted ‘House’ you have 30 minutes to wait until all the results from all over the UK. My friend said to me that I would be in with a great chance as I had completed my card in only 43 calls and my heart started pumping as the most I had ever won was about £400.
“When it was announced I was so overcome with emotion. The place was in uproar and everyone went crazy because I was local and had been going there with my four friends every Monday for 20 years…I actually cried!
“I am not sure what I will be doing with the money yet, but I have two sons and two grandsons, so I am sure I will be spending some of it on them. It has not quite sunk in yet and might take me a while to comprehend that I have won.
“I texted my husband Gordon when I knew I had won and he thought I had put too many noughts in the figure! The Carlton Bingo Hall have been brilliant and they are putting a party night on for me to present me with the cheque.
“In fact everyone has been over the moon for me especially here at the college and that’s why I love working here.”
Andrew Lawson, Associate Principal at Forth Valley College, said:
“We are all delighted for Julie. She is a valued member of our staff at the Alloa Campus and this win couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.”