Some big money was given away this weekend at Super Bingo in Yellowknife, which drew people from across the N.W.T. and beyond.
Nancy MacNeill is the executive director of the Long John Jamboree, which organized the bingo.
“The Super Bingo is intense! It’s such a huge event. There’s so many expectations.”
A total of $100,000 was paid out to winners on Saturday.
After spending five hours playing bingo on Saturday, Marily Tuccaro says she still can’t believe she won the top prize of $30,000.
She says she plans to share the money with her family and go on a trip with her husband.
The event drew people from across the N.W.T. and beyond, including sisters Julia Perley and Carla Paul who from the Tobique First Nation, about two hours outside Fredericton, N.B.
Their sons, who live in Yellowknife, bought them Super Bingo tickets. The pair have travelled for bingo before, including one Super Bingo in Connecticut where top prize was $1 million.
McNeill says the phones were ringing off the hook all week as people arranged tickets and travel for the big event.
She was getting phone calls from everywhere from Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. to High Level, Alta.
“This is kind of opening my eyes to this whole new world of bingo culture in the Northwest Territories. It’s pretty interesting.”
The Long John Jamboree hopes to use the money raised from the event to make sure they can continue to put on a winter festival in the city for free.
Previous super bingos in the city have raised anywhere from $25,000 to $125,000 for the host organization.
“There is so much money that gets exchanged at these things,” MacNeill says.