John Orchard and wife Linda (Butlers Bingo)
John Orchard and wife Linda (Butlers Bingo)

A father-of-three is celebrating after winning a record-breaking bingo jackpot of £5.9m having bet just 30p on an online slot game.

John Orchard, 60, of Long Sutton, Lincolnshire had only been playing the game on the Butlers Bingo website a few days prior to his momentous win.

The JobCentre worker has already started planning how he is going to spend his £5,883,044.43 prize money, with a house for his daughter top of his list.

Orchard told The Sun: "I've only been a player here for a few days so I'm still in shock and I can't believe my good fortune. And all from a 30p spin.

"I had planned to buy my daughter a new iPad for Christmas, now I can buy her a new house instead."

Speaking about his victory, Orchard added: "I just couldn't believe I'd won it. This will change my life completely and Christmas is going to be a blinder this year.

"I was looking at working for another five years at the Jobcentre - but not any longer.

"After my bet won, I noticed my account balance had changed to nearly £6m. I immediately tried to withdraw it in case it was a mistake! But then I spoke to the company and they confirmed I was a millionaire."

Orchard's win surpasses the previous record holder for an online bingo jackpot of €6.3m (£5.1m), which was won by a 36-year-old Greek man in 2009.

Butlers Bingo head of promotions Ian O'Farrell said the website "cannot wait" to deposit the full amount into Orchard's bank account.