QUEENSFERRY man Eddie Douthwaite won himself a fantastic Christmas present when he recently took part in an online bingo session.
The naval logistics expert won a Fiat car as a top prize on www.williamhillbingo.com just 10 days after signing on to the bookmaker’s website.
Eddie (65) who retired from the MoD after a career at sea only joined the online bingo game after his wife Frances (60) suggested he take advantage of the £25 promotional offer to first-time players.
Eddie, of Provost Milne Grove, said: “The crazy thing is I only joined the site 10 days before the win. And the funny thing is after I won I never used the email or the computer for days, so I didn’t realise I had won.”
He added: “My wife had come back from visiting her mother on the west coast and when I went onto the site on that night I’d had the win four days earlier, but was oblivious. When I told her I’d had the email, she said ‘no, no it must be a spam email’.
“But I was on the right website, so we again checked my emails and there was the confirmation. We’ve never had a win like this at all ever, it put me into a state of shock for 48 hours. You hear people say on the telly about lottery wins that they are not really fazed or fussed about it, but I don’t believe that. Even a win like this puts you into a state of shock. I couldn’t believe it at the time, but it is abso-lutely brilliant.”
Eddie added: “It’s a wonderful present from William Hill and helps with my retirement. We’ve got a 10-year-old Renault Megane but that will be going. We don’t need a big car and it’s a lovely drive.”
He said: “Before this I had never played bingo or been to a bingo hall. But as a result of that game I’ve got no worries about passing the MOT or big motoring bills for the next three years.”
William Hill spokesman Tony Kenny said: “We’ve had an absolutely amazing run of bingo winners from Scotland in this promotion with eight cars heading into the country. We’ve given away 31 Fiats in the past month and they’ve all gone to hard-working people and the odd pensioner – it’s been a great promotion.”