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Feb 9, 2011

Mega Bingo is the Game; winner receives over $100,000

There’s a first MegaBingo jackpot winner and she hails from Hopkins. Sheridan Polanco’s lucky stars were shining on her last Saturday. She played for the first time and she hit the jackpot. It’s a bitter sweet win for her as on the same day she had been served with a notice of eviction. News Five’s Delahnie Bain met Polanco as she collected her check today.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

The MegaBingo game show had its first progressive jackpot winner on Saturday night. Sheridan Polanco of Hopkins Village won the one hundred and fourteen thousand dollar prize and she picked up the check today.

Sheridan Polanco, MegaBingo Jackpot Winner

Sheridan Polanco

“Saturday night I’m watching television; the Bingo show and the numbers are being called out. I’m wiring them down, referring to the tickets, circling what I can and I noticed that I was missing two numbers. But the lady said we have on more number. I’m like oh my God, but I still need two numbers. So I referred to the numbers I was writing down and I’m like wait a minute, I have that number. So I only needed one more number, which was O63. And she says and the final number is O63 and I’m like Oh My God, I think we won. I think we won. So my husband was not around and he comes in a few minutes later and I’m like I think we won. And he’s laughing and I’m like no it’s not funny, I really think we won.”

Joseph Marinan

Joseph Marinan, President, JD Financial

“The jackpot is a progressive jackpot. It starts at a hundred thousand dollars and is progressive based on ticket sales. It goes up on percentage basis. So the more tickets that are sold the prior week, the jackpot increases. Once the jackpot is won, which happened to be one hundred and fourteen thousand dollars this week, it starts over at a hundred thousand dollars.”

Polanco says she was encouraged by a co-worker at Hamanasi Resort to buy the tickets. That turned out to be good advice, especially considering the bad news that came on Saturday morning.

Sheridan Polanco

“I never purchased it before so on Thursday I go into Dangriga at the Esso Gas Station, the Havana Pharmacy and I purchased ten tickets, threw it in my purse. Saturday morning our landlady told us that we have until the end of the month to get out, we were being evicted. Not a shining moment, nothing I’m proud of but it’s a reality of life.  Monday we go back to this gas station in Dangriga and I have the lady check the ticket in the system and she confirms that I am the winner of a hundred and fourteen thousand dollars and I am in shock now. And I’m like oh my God I can’t believe we won. So we came here to the main office in Belize City and the staff once again confirmed that we are the winner.”

Polanco and her family have already decided how the winnings will be spent.

Sheridan Polanco

“Definitely a house and a boat for my husband and the remainder will go into savings for our son and that’s pretty much it; of course, play some more MegaBingo as well starting tonight.  I’m still in disbelief that my first time playing, I won—well, we won I should say—my family and I won and this is crazy. It is a blessing from God, really. That’s all can say. We were having bad news in the morning and at night we win.”

MegaBingo, which is owned by JD Financial Company, is a relatively new game, but the company’s President, Joseph Marinam says it’s growing quickly.

Joseph Marinam

“We have a hundred locations, including the cayes that are selling our MegaBingo. We are going to expand those locations to two hundred. We are totally live when we broadcast it and when you go to a point of sale location and you buy your MegaBingo ticket like they bought at Havana and when you go in there and buy it automatically registers back to our corporate office.  The game is played twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at eight-thirty. But if you don’t watch the TV to play it, you can always bring your ticket in to any location or call a location and they can scan it for you and they can tell you if you’re a winner or a loser.”

Polanco collected a cheque for ninety-six thousand dollars after taxes and wasted no time getting her tickets for tonight’s draw. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

MegaBingo airs live on this station at eight-thirty p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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