Halifax mum scoops £3million off 15p bingo bet

Iceland Bingo winner Anne Marie Farrar, of Halifax, is presented with her winning cheque by Iceland's Malcolm Walker
Iceland Bingo winner Anne Marie Farrar, of Halifax, is presented with her winning cheque by Iceland's Malcolm Walker
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A single mum from Halifax has become a millionaire after betting 15p on a bingo game.

Anne Marie Farrar, 26, says she wants to take her two sons to Disneyland after scooping £3.4 million last month on the Iceland Millionaire Genie Jackpot.

And after leaving her rented accommodation in Sowerby Bridge for a relatively modest £150,000 three bedroom semi-detached in Halifax, Anne Marie said she also wants to buy a Volkswagen Golf - once she has learned to drive.

Anne Marie, who started playing bingo two years ago as a ‘treat’, said: “I remember staring at the screen and seeing all these numbers, there was so many of them. I had this huge amount in front of me and I couldn’t believe my eyes! I called my mum to get her to check online that someone had won the prize and she said they had.

“I just can’t believe it’s me!”

Anne Marie, whose online bingo win was the second biggest in Britain ever, plans to go back to work and said she wants to remain grounded.

“I went to the Lakes District last weekend with a friend and we had a few nice meals out and drinks but nothing too extravagant,” she said. “I think it will take me a while to realise. I know how I live my life will change as I have so many more opportunities for me and the children which is lovely. It is a huge win but I want to stay grounded. I don’t think it will change me as a person.”

Someone else with lots of money in the bank is Halifax-born haulage driver Paul Lawton, who, along with his wife Debbie, won £6.9 million on the National Lottery.

The couple, who have three grown up daughters, said: “It’s very, very simple – the money will be spent making my family’s lives safe and secure.