A carwash owner from London is celebrating this week after scooping up £100,000 at Beacon Bingo in Cricklewood, and a Guinness World Record for winning the biggest cash-prize ever playing a game of bingo at one single venue.
Shaban Binaku (35) won the record prize at Beacon Bingo’s Colossus event [Sunday 30 November], at an evening that saw over £160,000 given away by the club, which is Europe’s biggest bingo venue with a capacity of 2,500.
Mr. Binaku said: “I just cannot believe that I have won it, I still feel like I am dreaming. This money will change mine and my family’s life completely, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I have family here in London and in Kosovo, Serbia, and it’s hard sometimes as they struggle for extra money. It’s nice to know that I can help and I can treat them at Christmas and in the New Year, they really deserve it.”
Mr. Binaku, who labelled himself as ‘lucky,’ has previously won cash prizes of £10,000 and £5,000 at Beacon Cricklewood, which he attends at least three times a week with his family and friends.
“I absolutely love bingo, but I only play at Beacon Bingo,” added Mr. Binaku. “Not only are their cash prizes a lot bigger than any other bingo clubs, but their staff are very friendly. I always have a good time when I go.”
Steve Lightfoot, general manager of the Cricklewood club added: “We’re absolutely delighted for Shaban, who not only has £100,000 in time for Christmas, but also has a Guinness World Record title to his name as well. We had such an amazing night, and the bingo hall was packed full of people of all ages who helped us celebrate the record night. Bingo plays such an important and positive role in bringing local communities together, and this event has really showcased that.”
Beacon Bingo operates nine bingo clubs across the country.