Shane Warburton is one of four lucky local winners from the Feb. 1 record-breaking Kinsmen Jackpot Bingo.
The $640,000 prize had people scrambling for tickets throughout the province. Warburton, who said he bought his ticket at Shoppers Mall Shoppers Drug Mart, is one of the bingo’s 32 winners. While he hasn’t received the final number, he estimates he will have won approximately $20,000.
"It’s a nice windfall," he said. "It’s pretty easy to spend $20,000 nowadays. Every little bit helps."
According to a list of winners released last Friday, Sara Aplin and Shaune Lebel both bought their winning tickets at Brandon’s Walmart. Mary Manz bought a winning ticket at Brandon’s Superstore.
Warburton said he sat down on the day of the game to watch the numbers being broadcast on CTV. After 49 numbers, he had a Bingo.
"I knew there was going to be more than one winner because it took us quite a while to get through on the phone-in line," Warburton said. "Better to share the wealth."
Warburton said he doesn’t have any elaborate plans for the money, and that it will likely go toward bills.
He said he only started playing the game approximately a month ago after deciding to join his cousins, who play it faithfully. It became a social event to get together with family to play the game.
"They were playing Kinsmen Jackpot Bingo since I was a kid, but it was never my thing, but it’s become my thing now," he said. "We’re still playing even though the big jackpot is gone. ... It’s more or less a social thing now."
Warburton’s wife bought the highly in-demand cards after trying a few different locations around the city. David Lindenberg, co-owner of Jiffy Food & Video, told the Sun before the draw that the store had a line up of 70 people trying to buy a card. The store sold out in just 20 minutes.
According to a post on the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg Facebook page, people in the city were chasing down the group’s courier in attempts to get a bingo card. People’s rush to get to the tickets meant the group had to deliver cards to stores in secret.
Approximately 80,000 cards were sold across the province in the final weeks before the game. The Kinsmen Club uses the money from the sales to donate to charities in Manitoba.
Warburton said he was happy when he got his hands on a card, but he was never one to chase down a truck to get one.
"I didn’t expect to win anyway, so it wasn’t a big deal to me. It was pretty shocking when we did win. … I know we’re going to keep playing, just for the fun factor."
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