Two close pensioner friends recently shared a bingo jackpot when one of them won £23,000 at their local hall. Joyce Middleton, who is 88 years old, won the huge national prize as well as the regional zone bingo jackpot - without hesitation she decided to share her win with best friend and bingo buddy Yvonne Turner.

Joyce told reporters that it had been her idea to go to the bingo hall, describing her friend as a huge source of support since her husband passed away. She went on to say, "We've always shared our winnings." It takes a very special friend indeed to share such a huge prize, and the relationship that these two ladies have has only been strengthened by their mutual passion for bingo. As one of the best activities to stay mentally active and challenged in the later years, this is yet even more proof that bingo is an excellent social tool.

This was the first time that the pair had ever managed to win anything over £50, and both are tremendously excited about their windfall. "Yvonne was worse than me afterwards," said Ms Middleton. "She made me sleep round hers that night as she said I wouldn't be able to sleep." She went on to say that she has no plans to splash the money, but will simply give some to her kids and keep the rest of her bingo prize to spoil herself or perhaps even save. <.p>

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