Bingo players hit the jackpot with £45,000 combined pot

Julie Boltwood celebrating her �20,000 National Bingo win with Majestic Bingo managing director Mark Jepp, daughter Victoria, partner Raymond Parsons and National Bingo Game finance manager Matt Carey

Julie Boltwood celebrating her �20,000 National Bingo win with Majestic Bingo managing director Mark Jepp, daughter Victoria, partner Raymond Parsons and National Bingo Game finance manager Matt Carey

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A pair of players hit the jackpot at a Skegness bingo club, winning a combined total of £45,000.

Luck struck twice as Frederick Vine scooped £25,000 and Julie Boltwood, £20,000 when their numbers came up at Roman Bank Bingo.

Frederick Vine celebrating his �25,000 win with Majestic Bingo managing director Mark Jepp and National Bingo Game finance manager Matt Carey. DGpzvTrNumvTmFkIuVHF

Frederick Vine celebrating his �25,000 win with Majestic Bingo managing director Mark Jepp and National Bingo Game finance manager Matt Carey. DGpzvTrNumvTmFkIuVHF

Both were up against thousands of players across the country bidding to win the National Bingo Game.

They are the first national winners at Roman Bank Bingo for 10 years, with Frederick claiming the cash bonanza just a few days before Julie.

The club invited the prize winners to a champagne party last week to celebrate their success. Family and friends enjoyed a night of bingo and bubbles as the both were presented with their cheques.

Frederick, from Skegness, bagged the £25,000 national prize after getting a full house in the smallest number of calls.

He said: “My girlfriend Leanne likes bingo so I went along with her. It was my first game at the club as a member.

“I knew I had won the house prize then about 20 minutes later it was announced that I had won £25,000. I was in shock and started shaking, when I found out.”

A chef at Waterfront Restaurant in Skegness, Frederick, 33, plans to use the money to set up his own business.

He added: “I am not planning a spending spree, I have always wanted my own business, now I have got the money to do it.”

It was a dream come true for Julie, from Nottingham, after shouting house to win £20,000.

She said: “I just started crying, I have never won anything like this before. It was only my second game here, but I play regularly at home.”

Julie, 55, now plans to use her winnings to buy a caravan in the town with partner Raymond Parsons. She added: “It was my first visit to Skegness, but we just fell in love with the place. I had even put some money in the wishing well at the seal sanctuary and made a wish to live here.”

Club deputy manager Cheryl Woodcock said: “Luck is definitely on our side here! I can’t believe that in the space of six days, we’ve had two winners. It’s definitely beginner’s luck that these two players have won the National Game twice in the space if a week and in the same club.”