"I ain't won owt", grumbled Keith Mullins, 69, to wife Pamela as he returned to the couple's Sheffield home after a fruitless trip to the
local working men's club.
Unsurprisingly, the lack of bingo success failed to worry Mrs Mullins. Having decided to have a quiet Saturday night in, the 67-year-old won 290,000 on ITV's Magic Numbers.
Having been selected to play in the show's end challenge, the former data entry clerk answered five general knowledge questions correctly to ensure a good chance of a big prize.
And as former Spice Girl Emma Bunton opened her selected cases, the money started piling up.
"I was absolutely stunned," Mrs Mullins said.
The couple spent all night discussing what to do with the windfall.
Top of the list is a first-class trip to Australia to visit their Melbourne-based daughter Sarah.
A new bungalow is also on the cards for the retired pair, Mrs Mullins said.