Essex Grandmother Wins £200,000 with a 40 pence Bet at

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Sixty-four year old Grandmother, Rita Driscoll, from South Ockendon in Essex, has won a £196,000 jackpot after betting just 40 pence via her computer on an online fruit machine run by

Rita, a retired-post office worker, first visited the online casino at over eighteen months ago. She started by playing for fun with fake money, before depositing cash to bet with.

On Thursday night, after her husband and her son had already gone to bed, Rita logged on to her computer, went to and decided to bet on a slot machine for half an hour. Within ten minutes, with just 40 pence at stake, she hit the jackpot and landed the £196,000 prize.

"I always play the slot machines when we go to a casino when on holiday in Portugal and started using this online casino because it's just as much fun to play," explained Rita Driscoll.

"My husband always says that I have 'lucky hands' but my biggest win till now was just £1,300 at Bingo. I was shaking when I realised how much I'd won. We are going on holiday to celebrate and I'm going to look after all my family with the winnings," added Mrs Driscoll.

This is the biggest ever payout by Coral for an online bet and reflects the growing popularity of online casinos and online poker.

"This is a record breaking payout by Coral for a bet placed on a computer but it couldn't have happened to a nicer lady," said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.

"It may be a virtual slot machine at a virtual casino, but there is nothing virtual about the £196,000," added Clare.


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