Bingo Millions is a new type of bingo game (from Mutuel Play) that has just been launched exclusively at Buzz Bingo and we expect to see it at more bingo sites later in the year. It looks very like 90 ball bingo, with tickets priced at 50p each or £2.50 for a strip of 6, and the game runs twice a week, at 10pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
What is different about Bingo Millions is the prize structure. At first look it resembles a sliding jackpot game as in order to win the top prize, bingo must be won in 30 calls – extremely unlikely (295 million to 1) in a 90 ball game which is why the prize can be a massive £1.5 million – or rather, a progressive jackpot seeded at £1.5 million.
The jackpot is the only prize that behaves normally in that it will be split between players if more than one completes the full house in the 30 calls in the same game (a ludicrously unlikely event). All of the other prizes are fixed, can be won by multiple players and do not depend on ticket sales – and some of them are very worthwhile.
The aim of the game is not to be the first to complete 1 line, 2 lines or FH but to do so within the specified number of calls – so complete 1 line in 5-9 calls to win £1000, 10-14 calls to win £100, 15-20 calls to win £20, 21-25 calls to win £10 or 26-30 calls to win £2.50 to redeem against tickets to future games (either as a strip of 6 for one game or 5 tickets spread across several). If 20 players completed 1 line in 5-9 calls, they would win £1000 each – and that wouldn’t stop other players from going on to win £100 or any of the other smaller prizes. A player can also win several prizes with different tickets.
|Call range||1 line prize||2 line prize||Full house prize|
|5-9||£1000||Not possible||Not possible|
|26-30||£2.50 ticket credit||£250||JACKPOT|
|46-50||–||£2.50 ticket credit||£250|
|61-65||–||–||£2.50 ticket credit|
Essentially, in Bingo Millions you are playing against the board rather than against the other players, making it more like a lottery than like a new bingo game (and indeed, the RTP is also more like that of a lottery than like that of the normal sort of bingo game). The game does not end when someone calls full house: it continues for 65 calls (and only stops then if at least one player has a full house; if not it plays on until a full house is called and all players completing it share a nominal prize of £1).
All this sounds like it is going to be extremely entertaining and players will also be able to see a detailed winners report after the game runs (it’s currently blank as the first game hasn’t yet played).
10% of the profits from Bingo Millions will go to partner charities and at the moment, the Alzheimer’s Society is the chosen charity.