When he saw that number in yesterday’s copy of The New Paper, he was ecstatic. He knew he had won.
Mr Edmund Teo explained: “My Bingo card had quite a lot of numbers filled and I’d been missing just that one number.”
“I’d been pretty hopeful...I was looking forward to buying the paper,” said the 31-year-old, who works in the watch repair industry.
But he couldn’t claim his prize immediately as he was stuck with work till about 7pm.
He later rushed down to SPH Media Centre in Genting Lane to collect his $2,000 cash prize.
When asked what he would do with his winnings, the loyal TNP reader said he would save the amount.
After some prompting, he added that he would probably give his family a treat – though the bachelor hadn’t told them about the win yet.
TNP started the Bingo contest on July 9 to thank and reward readers during our birthday month. TNP turned 24 on Thursday.
To play, readers need to get a Bingo card, which is attached to the front cover of The New Paper every Monday.
Each copy of the newspaper will have a card with a unique sequence of numbers. The card will be valid for that week only.
From Tuesday to Sunday, 10 random numbers from one to 99 will appear each day in the paper.
If any of the numbers from the same week appears on your card, mark it down. A vertical column (from top to bottom) of matching numbers on the card entitles the reader to the prize shown on top of that column.
Prizes must be claimed by 9pm on the same day and can be collected from the Circulation Division at 82, Genting Lane, Media Centre, Level 2.
Today’s Bingo cash prize is back to $1,000.
If the cash prize is not claimed, it snowballs to the next day.
There was a second winner yesterday. Ms Chua Yiing Yng, 32, claimed the prize of a Samsung 46-inch 3-D LED Smart TV.
Her friend had called her in the morning to inform her of their win.
The two women shared a card.
She said: “We were super excited and happy.”
The TV will go to her friend first, reckons Miss Chua.
Then, when Ms Chua moves to her new home which is currently in the works, the TV will be transferred over, she explained.
Ms Chua said she enjoys reading TNP and her friend likes the political stories – and how the issues are explained simply.
Mr Teo, who says he has been a regular buyer of The New Paper since he was in secondary school, said he enjoyed the Bingo game.
“It’s quite fun. I’ve been opening my papers extra eagerly for the last two weeks.”