March 25, 2008 / 2:56 PM / 12 years ago

Record bingo winner to keep working as cleaner

A cleaner is reflected in the marble floor of Mexico City's historic city centre August 30, 2001. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

LONDON (Reuters) - A Scottish cleaner who won a record bingo jackpot over the Easter weekend said she would return to work as normal on Tuesday.

Soraya Lowell, 38, won the national jackpot of 1,167,795 pounds ($2.3 million) at a bingo hall in Coatbridge, north Lanarkshire.

“I don’t intend to give up my job. I like the girls I work with, and they have already said to me ‘don’t pack it in,’” she said. “I haven’t slept at all but I will be back at work on Tuesday as usual.”

The mother-of-four from Hamilton, Lanarkshire, said her husband Frankie didn’t believe her when she called home with the news. Her oldest children have already asked her to buy them cars.

Steve Baldwin, of the National Bingo Game, said Sunday’s win was the biggest ever.

“We are thrilled for Soraya and look forward to presenting her with her record-breaking check,” he said.

Reporting by Peter Griffiths; editing by Steve Addison

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