A LUCKY bingo player is celebrating after scooping more than £5,000 at his local club.

The 67-year-old triumphed at The Hippodrome Club in Bishop Auckland, where customers have won more than £35,000 playing the National Game over the last 12 months.

The most recent winner, who is from the Bishop Auckland area, has been playing at the club for 18 years and was thrilled to take home the £5,613.36 jackpot.

“I felt elated to win, my wife was with me at the time and is also very happy with the news,” he said. “I plan to share it and use some of the money for house repairs.”

The news follows the recent appointment of Paul Heath as general manager at the Majestic Bingo-owned club.

He said: “It’s great to join the club at such a lucky time. The National Game has brought good fortune to our customers over the years, so I’ve been told. Our congratulations and well wishes go to the winner.

In 2017 a total of £29,722 was won in this club with four wins on the the National Game.