Mother-of-four, 51, struggling on Universal Credit becomes overnight millionaire – Daily Mail

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Mother-of-four, 51, struggling on Universal Credit becomes overnight millionaire after scooping £600,000 on online bingo – then another £520,000 10 days later

  • Anita Campbell from Seaham was struggling to pay debts and living on benefits 
  • She was finally able to pay off money she owed after her mother’s funeral 
  • Comes after more than a year of losing weight as she struggled to eat
  • Admits she’s still scared to look at her bank balance despite the huge win 

A mother-of-four has gone from struggling on Universal Credit to becoming an overnight millionaire after scooping £600,000 on online bingo – only to win another £520,000 10 days later.  

Anita Campbell, from Seaham in County Durham, won her first jackpot a week after she opened her account with MeccaBingo.com, depositing £100. 

After her huge win, the 51-year-old continued to play and managed to bag another £552,000 days later. 

Anita Campbell (pictured) says she's struggling to adjust to life as a millionaire and admits she's still scared to check her bank balance despite the win

Anita Campbell (pictured) says she's struggling to adjust to life as a millionaire and admits she's still scared to check her bank balance despite the win

Anita Campbell (pictured) said the win has left her feeling like she's in a dream

Anita Campbell (pictured) said the win has left her feeling like she's in a dream

Anita Campbell (pictured) says she’s struggling to adjust to life as a millionaire and admits she’s still scared to check her bank balance despite the win 

Ms Campbell told Mirror Online: ‘It’s still a bit of a dream. I’m over the moon. I still can’t believe it. I thought straightaway, I can help my kids with this money.’

She said that in over a year spent on Universal Credit she’s struggled to eat properly, affecting her diabetes and causing her to lose weight.

Ms Campbell has taken all of her children shopping and bought Lego for her five-year-old grandson after he rang and asked: ‘Nana are you rich?’ 

And she has moved out of the property she was renting into a new home. She has also been able to pay off the debts she was left with following her mother’s funeral in 2018.

She said at the time of her win: ‘When I won the first time I was in utter shock and when I continued to play online I didn’t expect to win anything at all, let alone another large sum of money. 

‘It took nearly a week to get over the shock of winning the first time and then I won again. Even now I’m scared to look at my bank balance.’ 

Pictured: Mecca Bingo in Sunderland, where Ms Campbell and her mother were regular players. Ms Campbell's huge win has finally enabled her to pay off her debts

Pictured: Mecca Bingo in Sunderland, where Ms Campbell and her mother were regular players. Ms Campbell's huge win has finally enabled her to pay off her debts

Pictured: Mecca Bingo in Sunderland, where Ms Campbell and her mother were regular players. Ms Campbell’s huge win has finally enabled her to pay off her debts  

She was a regular visitor at Mecca Sunderland until her mother died earlier this year, so she re-opened her account online and deposited £100. Now she plans to share some of her winnings with her friends and family.    

James Boord, Digital Director at MeccaBingo.com, said: ‘We’re delighted for the winner, what a fantastic stroke of luck she has had.

‘We’re so glad MeccaBingo.com was able to help her with such life-changing opportunities.

‘It’s a great feeling when someone wins big and its changes their life. We wish the winner and her family all the luck in the world.’

 

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