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PRIOR LAKE, Minn. – A Blaine woman may be one of the luckiest bingo players in the world after winning her second six-figure bingo jackpot in less than a year at Mystic Lake. When Urduja Balicao recently hit the $150,000 bingo jackpot she may have had a bit of déjà vu, considering she’d just won a $100,000 jackpot last May.

Balicao says she’s been playing bingo at Mystic Lake since it first opened in 1984 as Little Six Bingo. And she’s been lucky from the start, winning a $16,000 and a $9,000 jackpot in her first few years playing bingo. Balicao likes to play every week with her sister and a group of friends. But after her lucky hit last year, she wasn’t expecting to ever win a big jackpot again.

To play the Bonanza bingo jackpot game, players receive a paper card or electronic package with pre-selected numbers. Their numbers must appear in the first 48 calls of the game, or the progressive jackpot prize will roll over to the next day and players will instead play for a consolation prize of $500 to $10,000. Balicao won it all in just 45 numbers. “People were saying ‘You’ve got the full card!’ I didn’t even hear the machine beeping that I’d won. I was in awe. My jaw just dropped,” she said.

Balicao’s already got big plans for this second windfall. She’ll be visiting family in the Philippines, traveling to watch her granddaughter’s dance competition in Las Vegas, and sharing some of the rest with her family. What does Balicao think of her odds to win another giant bingo jackpot?
“Anything can happen,” she said with a smile.

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