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Lucky Jim's big bingo win

PUBLISHED: 17:17 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:36 11 August 2010

Jim with his cheque for £74,000

Jim with his cheque for £74,000

IT MUST be the luck of the Irish – Jimmy Sheridan had not played Bingo for 30 years but last week he won nearly £74,000. Jimmy, 63, from Goodmayes, scooped the big money at Goresbrook bingo hall on the A13 during a national game on Wednesday April 3. He

IT MUST be the luck of the Irish - Jimmy Sheridan had not played Bingo for 30 years but last week he won nearly £74,000.

Jimmy, 63, from Goodmayes, scooped the big money at Goresbrook bingo hall on the A13 during a national game on Wednesday April 3.

He does not usually play bingo and had forgotten to take his glasses, but his friend persuaded him to go in saying "come on maybe you'll have some luck".

His playing partner marked his sheet for him as Jimmy could hardly see a thing.

When Jimmy was told he had won he jumped up shouting "what a snatch!" and was soon having a few drinks to celebrate his success.

Elated Jimmy is a businessman and helps to run the local Gaelic Football association. He told the POST: "It was pure luck that I was even in that bingo hall.

"I never normally go to that kind of thing but I was leaving a friend down there and they persuaded me to go in.

"I think it must be the luck of the Irish - I've had a few wins on the lottery before but not this big - my wife couldn't believe it when I told her.

"The drinks are going to be on me for a while!"

Lucky Jimmy added that he was going to put most of the money aside for his grandson, who is named after him.

"He's only 19 months old, but I want to help provide for his university education later in life."

Celebrations were underway last week as Jimmy took his friends and family out to enjoy a sip of champagne.

Jimmy went to Barclays bank in Dagenham Heathway to deposit his magnificent cheque with a huge smile on his face.

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