£100,000 Beckenham bingo winner to spend cash on IVF

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 June 2011

Leanne Jennings and her son Joey

Leanne Jennings and her son Joey


»A mum who won £100,000 on online bingo plans to use the money to pay for private IVF treatment after suffering eight miscarriages.

Leanne Jennings, 28, from Elmers End, screamed and cried in delight when she found out she’d scooped the life-changing amount after playing the game on her home computer.

The cash means she can now pay for private IVF treatment. The NHS had refused to give her a chance because she already had one child.

Leanne said: “We thought we could not have a child together so this means the world to us. If I had a choice between having a baby and winning the lottery, I would choose a baby.

“When I used to ask my son, Joey, 10, what he wanted for Christmas, he would say a brother or a sister.”


Leanne suffers from Polycystic ovary syndrome which means she can not ovulate naturally, which has led to so many miscarriages.

Leanne added “After telling Joey she had won, he said, ‘Can I have £10?’. Now he knows the amount that has risen to a £35 computer game.”

The family are also planning to use the money they won last Wednesday at to put down a deposit on a three-bedroomed house.

Husband Paul, 28, who is a mechanic for pizza delivery bikes, is hoping to buy a stunt bike instead of building his own.

And they plan to replace their 1998 Fiat Punto.

Leanne said: “We never thought we would be able to own a house. I have always wanted to live closer to the countryside.

“My dream would be to live on a farm.

“It is a lot of money and it will change our lives.

“About six weeks ago, I won £1,280 on online bingo and to us that was a lot of money and we cleared some debts.

“I never thought I would win again.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Bromley Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Bromley Times