Woman Struggling On Universal Credit Wins £500k Twice In Ten Days
A mum of four who was struggling to make ends meet unexpectedly became a millionaire after two wins on an online bingo site.
Anita Campbell was trying to get by on Universal Credit when she realised she'd won big, taking home two lots of £500,000 in less than two weeks.
She's now even managed to help out her family. She's bought a new house for her elderly dad and has also helped her daughter out by paying for her to have IVF so she can have a family of her own.
She's even managed to pay off the debts she accrued after paying for her mother's funeral.
Before winning the double jackpot, Anita had been claiming Universal Credit due to ill health and is still in shock at her incredible win.
Anita told The Mirror: "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.'"
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Anita, from Seaham in Country Durham, said of the period she spent on Universal Credit: "It's been more than a year and it has been very hard.
"I've lost weight, I've not been able to eat properly, which has had an effect on my diabetes."
She won £597,000 just hours after joining an online bingo game. The money was deposited into her account a week later, but then, ten days after her initial win, she managed to bag another £522,000. Talk about beginner's luck.
She said: "I just couldn't believe that I'd won again."
As well as the treatment for her daughter and her dad's new house, she's also taken her family on shopping trips and even managed to fork out for a Lego set for her five-year-old grandson.
She said: "He rang me and asked, 'Nana are you rich? Can I have some Lego?'"
Having won the prizes about a month ago, Anita has already left her rented house for a new property and has gifted all her furniture to others.
She said: "I gave away my old furniture to people I thought might need it so that will have helped people."
Although she's already won big, she still has a little dabble with online bingo. She added: "I play just for fun, I've never deposited more than £20 at a time but if I am bored in the house on my own I'll play a game or two."
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