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Bingo winners planning how to spend windfall; Six scoop pounds 250 on Echo's Jubilee special.

Byline: James McCarthy

SIX lucky winners were celebrating last night after scooping pounds 250 on the Echo's Jubilee Bingo game.

Susan Roberts, Jacqueline Salmoni, Christine Young, Dorothy Thomas and Mary Crofts were yesterday handed their cheques and treated to a bottle of bubbly at Castle Bingo in Newport Road, Cardiff.

Fellow winner Ronald Rigsby also picked up pounds 250, but could not get to the party.

Housewife Susan, of St Mellons, said: "I'm going to Australia in September to visit my son and daughter-in-law so it will go toward that. They will have been over there for three years in September. They emigrated there because they thought they would have a better life over there.

"I went there two years ago, it's beautiful, absolutely gorgeous." The couple, Sarah and David, live in Adelaide with their six-year-old daughter Rhianna.

Jacqueline Salmoni was so overwhelmed by her win she had not had time to think where her winnings might go.

"I don't know what to do with it at the moment," said the 70-year-old. "There is nothing in my mind at the moment. Nothing at all."

After wracking her brains she concluded she "will probably put it in my savings".

"I'll put it in there for the time being," the retired care worker, from Cathays, said.

"I have grandchildren and it is Christmas in only six months."

Christine Young thought the cash might go toward her upcoming Spanish holiday.

"I'm going to the mainland," she said.

"I've never been to this particular place. Normally we go to Majorca. We just thought we would have a change."

The mum of two almost didn't take part in the Echo's game.

"I'm not a bingo player," the accounts clerk said.

"The card was just there and I decided to do it."

Dorothy Thomas, from Whitchurch, was flabbergasted by her windfall. "I didn't think it was real to be honest," the 71-year-old said.

"It's not something I have won on before. I have never done it before. I don't know why I did it. I was just looking through the paper and I got my husband to check it. He said, 'go on, ring it in' so I rang it in. And that was that."

Dad-of-one Ronald Rigsby is planning on taking his son and grandson for a day out at the Glan Usk Estate.

The 74-year-old, from Brecon, said: "They live in Cardiff, so a day in the country won't hurt."

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* Echo Bingo winners at Castle Bingo, Newport Road, are, from left, Mary Crofts, Dorothy Thomas, Christine Young, Susan Roberts and Jackie Salmoni PICTURE: Matthew Horwood [umlaut]
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Date:Jun 29, 2012
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