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Our Mecca Players Start the New Year Right!

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For many, the festive break is the ideal opportunity to enjoy some “me time”, all before the mad rush of January.

For our customers, their “me time” is best spent in one of our fun online bingo rooms, playing either against the clock or with their online friends. And let’s not kid ourselves, there are also lots of fantastic cash prizes up for grabs, too!

Best of all, it can happen to absolutely any player! Here are just a smattering of our customers who enjoyed collosal wins over the festive season…

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7 Signs you love coffee (a little too much)

love coffee Seems our love of the black stuff hasn’t run out of steam. We love our coffee, now more than ever! And there’s not a problem in the world a nice cuppa can’t fix, just add #MeccaFriends and you’re good to go! Which is why we’re celebrating #CoffeeWeek from Monday 4 – 8 May, giving you the chance to win an exclusive #MeccaMug every day. All you have to do is crack the daily anagrams we post on Facebook, and then enter the coffee related word into the Bonus Code section at meccabingo.com. Bingo! You’re in with a chance of winning. If you play each day, you could go for the whole set. We have 10 exclusive Mecca mugs for each Mecca letter MECC and A up for grabs!
Be sure to boost your brainpower with a mug of the hot stuff first. But for now seven signs that you love your coffee a little more that you should …

 

1. You ask for it in one ​word. “COFFEE” – ​Because why use a full sentence, when one word would do?​

2. People can see inside your mouth if you haven’t had a coffee for a few hours – ​It’s not pretty. But you cannot help it.​

3. You hate people if you haven’t had coffee for a few hours – ​Caffeine makes the world a much nicer place​. Your annoying boss, boyfriend, kids are all tolerable after a cuppa.

4. But, you instantly like people more if they make you a brew – ​Honestly, anyone. You’re not fussy.​

5. You can’t function without it. Literally. ​Errr… How do you switch on a computer again? ​

​6. ​It’s THE reason you get out of bed – ​That and Mecca Bingo, obviously.​

7. You’d just don’t get people who don’t like coffee. Like, who are they? ​They’re instantly forgettable and not as likeable.​ And hell, how do they function without it?!

 

… how did you do? Let us know what you scored, and remember full marks to those who got 7/7. Oh yes, and be thankful that King Charles II and The Women’s Petition Against Coffee of 1674 never got what they wished for hey!

Win with #LuckyBunsBingo

Do you love to get in on the game first? Well here’s your chance to get the best seat in the house with #LuckyBunsBingo. We are so excited, our knickers are in a royal twist, and we hope you’ll be excited too. Trust us, this is going to be HUGE! So get your lucky buns ready!

We’ve got £15,000 worth of prizes to be won, both online and in-club. These fantastic prizes include loads of £5 Mecca gift vouchers and a weekly star prize – a gorgeous hamper valued at £50. But we warn you, #LuckyBunsBingo seats are sure to be snapped up fast, so we suggest you get in, grab your seat, share with your #MeccaFriends and hope that luck rolls your way. You know what they say – if you snooze you lose!

Our exciting new game debuts online at 12h00  on Friday 17 April, and we’d love to see you there. We’re not talking about casually checking in sometime between Loose Women and Home and Away, we’re talking  midday sharp. We’d hate for you to miss out on your lucky seat.

So how does it all work we hear you ask? How can you make sure your buns are number one? Well funny you  ask, read on to see a handy little guide … and remember to set your alarm each week – same time, same place. And you can play in your local Mecca bingo club too (look out for announcements on local Mecca bingo Facebook pages).

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Win with #MeccaFriends

Blog - Brand - Mecca Friends - 2 Apr 15“Friendship,” wrote CS Lewis, “is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” That said, the argument between “opposites attract” and “birds of a feather flock together” continues, not to mention the fact that the reason we choose our friends is perhaps less honourable than we might think.

No matter what the reason, we need friends, and they need us. And it seems we have one for every occasion, be it for a cuppa and a catch-up, a nibble and a naughty night out, or a workout and a whine. And despite having a pal for every occasion, having a best friend is a huge bonus in life. That special friend who is always there – through good and bad times – despite our claims that our friendship is without agenda (because it doesn’t really matter, does it?!).

It is for this very reason, Mecca bingo celebrates friendship, because ‘Friends that play together, stay together’. So head to www.meccafriends.com for the chance to win daily Mecca gift vouchers in our #MeccaFriends gallery.

How do I join the #MeccaFriends fun?

All you have to do is grab your bestie. Take a selfie. And tell us how much they really mean to you. See details here: www.meccafriends.com

How do I win?

1) Tweet, Instagram or upload it to www.meccafriends.com

2) Tag it #MeccaFriends

3) Give it a caption (tell us what your friend means to you)

3) Keep an eye on www.meccafriends.com

4) Find a #GoldenFrame around your pic? You’re our daily winner!

A great way to celebrate friends AND win fabulous Mecca gift vouchers, what more could you want?! After all, friends that play together stay together…

Win a karaoke machine with Mecca Star Search

Do you love singing? Do you fancy yourself as the next Beyonce or Ed Sheeran but are lacking the equipment to perform properly? Well let us correct that for you! We’re giving away a fab new karaoke machine so you can turn your living room into Wembley Stadium and give the performance of your life!

 

Head to our social media profiles now for your chance to win!

 

How to win a karaoke machine!

How to enter on Twitter:

1) RT our competition tweet and follow @MeccaBingo by 11:59pm on Sunday, 25th January.

How to enter on Facebook:

1) Share our competition post and comment with your favourite karaoke song by 11.59pm  on Sunday, 25th January.

 

While you’re thinking about singing, enter our Mecca Star Search competition and you could be heading off to Hollywood – http://meccastarsearch.pgtb.me/8kCh1p

 

Terms and Conditions

1) One winner will be chosen from all entries on Monday 26th January 2015 and contacted on the social network used to enter.

2) All prizes must be claimed on or before Monday 2nd February 2015.

3) Competition open to UK residents only.

4) For full T&Cs click here: http://bit.ly/XHhogj

 

 

Ben Haenow Answers Your Questions

4263-XFactor-Contestant-Post-1200x627-BenWe were super excited to get our hands on the very lovely The X Factor winner, Ben Haenow. We gave him a good grilling about his future plans and then posed some of your questions to him.

 

X Factor tour – are you excited?

Yeah! I’m super excited. That’s what it’s all about for me now. It’s one thing to be in a studio playing out to people’s TV but it’s another to be on stage playing arenas to the people that have been supporting us. I can’t wait.

 

How did it feel at the final when you first walked out to 10,000 people?

When you’re doing the rehearsals and stuff and you look out and see all those empty chairs, you do think ‘ooooh that’s a lot of seats’. So to go out on that stage later on to perform it was like ‘OMG that’s a lot of people out there.’

It was a strange thing but the energy and the roar of the crowd… it just felt incredible, and that really helps you up on stage.

 

You’re gonna be headlining The X Factor tour…

Even that sounds weird. But really I’m just going to be going on stage and having a laugh with all my friends.

 

Are you all really friends?

Yeah man of course. We were all having such a laugh and we all felt privileged to be on the show and now on the tour. And the tour will be awesome – the parties will definitely be happening in my dressing room too!

 

What do you think you might sing?

Obviously I’m going to be singing Something I Need, I’d like to sing Come Together and loads of others. We won’t know until the end of Jan exactly what we are singing so you’ll have to wait and see.

 

@CharKazandi – What was your highlight of the experience?

Aside from getting to release and perform the Winner’s single, I think it was meeting all the people. There were soooo many highlights there really were. I mean singing on stage with Ed Sheeran is still not real, winning the show and releasing the single and meeting all the people along the way have been my top three moments!

 

@5sos_17_ – What convinced you to audition for The X Factor?

It was actually a little ginger mate of mine from work called Alfie Bradford, he actually filled my details in and sent it off and I got an email saying ‘We’d like to invite you down’ so I owe it all to him really. I didn’t know he was going to enter me into the competition, people had said it to me about entering for a few years but I just didn’t have the confidence but he did it.

 

@RachaelOCM – Who’s the one person you would like to do a song with?

Oooh good question. I think having sung with Ed Sheeran and spending a little bit of time with him – he is such a cool guy, and I think what he does is incredible and I think his song writing is amazing so I would love to write with him. But maybe in the New Year, if he’s up for a chat or maybe just wants to chill out with a Nandos then that would be cool.

 

@ReeceMyPizza – What was going through your head before you were announced as winner?

Nothing, absolutely nothing, I was just panicking thinking that I hadn’t won it, I was petrified. Getting as far as me and Fleur did was a life changing experience anyway, if anything it would have been a great story to tell people. I can’t really remember it at all.

 

@NicholPichardo – What’s your favourite movie?

I like old movies like Smokey And The Bandit, my favourite film I think is Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Because it’s really well written and the soundtrack is amazing.

 

@SteveOliver76 – Surely a cover of Don’t Dream It’s Over is on the cards?

Yeah many people have said it, and I’d love to but I think I owe it to myself to just release a version of it. Stay tuned for that one! That’s lots of songs with hey now in – maybe I’ll do an album of Hey Now songs in the future – who knows!

 

@harrysmyhero_ok – what have you learnt through The X Factor?

I’ve learnt to be a bit more confident in myself as a singer. I think from the beginning my confidence was knocked from doing the pubs and clubs singing but having the backing of people like Simon Cowell has helped my confidence no end, and I can’t thank him enough for that. And everyone that voted from the public, they’ve all stood by me and I can’t thank everyone enough for that – it rekindled my passion for music again. Simon said to me at the end, ‘You deserve it, you’re a great guy and I still don’t think you realise how good you are – there’s more to come from you.’ And to hear that from him is so inspiring.

 

@KatydancerHoran – Who was your favourite contestant in the house?

Now that’s a tough one. I’m gonna have to say Jake really – he was my best mate in the house and he’s a lovely, lovely bloke. We really clicked in the house and he’s like a brother to me now.

 

@emma_andrews86 – What are you most looking forward to doing after being on the show?

Seeing my family, doing the tour and then getting my own stuff down really. Getting to write the album and then release something next year is what I can’t wait to do.

 

@redsfantl – Have you ever been to America? If so where?

I went to LA when I went to Simon Cowell’s house for Judges’ Houses. That was the first time I had ever been anywhere like that. We didn’t have long out there but we popped to Venice Beach and then the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and of course we went to see One Direction at the Rose Bowl.

 

@chubbz_21 – Did you like your Winner’s single when you first heard it?

Yeah I loved it as soon as I heard it. It’s an anthemic rock song, One Republic tweeted about me doing the song, which was incredible.

 

@pflaherty28 – Who did you think would win out of the Final 16?

Do you know what who I had pinned for a win? It was Paul Akister, he’d come back for that second time, was looking amazing, sounding incredible and was a lovely, lovely bloke. I think people were saying his personality wasn’t coming across but I shared a room with the bloke and he was hilarious! I would love to work with him in the future if there’s any chance of that.

 

@ReeceCameron1 – what kind of music would you like on an album when you release one?

I’d like it to be a mixture of an early Maroon 5 when they had that funky rock pop sound, meets Paulo Nutini.

 

Theresa Hopkins – What would your advice be for someone scared to enter The X Factor?

Don’t be scared to try it – I was petrified and look what’s happened to me! Embrace the fear and go for it. And be nice to everyone along the way! I’m really really grateful to everybody that I’ve met whether it’s fans or crew.

 

Amanda Martin – What will you buy your Nonna Rita when you get your first pay cheque, as she’s your biggest fan?

Probably a new set of dishes, because she’s made me a lot of food. I think I have most of hers round mine from where I took them home with dinners on to heat up!

 

What has 2015 got in store for you?

In January we talk about the album, then February we have The X Factor tour, and then hopefully after that I can record the album, but I am itching to get something amazing out. I can’t wait to get gigging either – whatever happened it’s all going to be very exciting!

 

Brilliant, well done Ben. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be top of the pops too why not enter our Star Search?

 

I want to cuddle Paddington Bear and I don’t care who knows it

We think it’s fair to say that most people, while growing up, had a favourite teddy to spoon and cuddle, to love and admire. But you might have trouble making friends – or keeping old ones for that matter – if they find out you still talk to your favourite teddy, profess your love for it and carry it everywhere you go.

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As social norms suggest, we can’t freely, while searching for the latest Lego set release, walk down the street singing One Direction’s Steal My Girl at the top of our lungs while holding Paddington Bear snug without being judged. However, barring an array of shocked and mystified glances being sprayed your way, what’s really stopping you?

What are your thoughts? Are you embarrassed about your teddy collection or do you display them with pride for everyone to see?

We think it’s about time everyone starts shouting out loud and proud about their teddy bears. Let’s save our teddies from the dark, dank closets they’ve probably been trapped in for years and embrace them like we did during our youth.

With Paddington being released in theatres today, what better time to free your favourite teddy?

We don’t think they’ll come to life like Mark Wahlberg’s Ted, but a bit of fresh air can’t hurt their chances. We’d say a bit of Vitamin D would go a long way to restoring your teddy’s character, but we’re not banking on the sun’s cooperation.

To celebrate the release of Paddington, we are excited to give away 40 Paddington Bears on Twitter and Instagram and, possibly, add a member to your teddy bear family.

And don’t worry, Paddington Bear will not affect your household harmony nor is he needy in nature. He arrived on English soil over 50 years ago wearing only his world renowned hat and, after a tough Peruvian upbringing, will be over the moon at the prospect of a warm hug and a welcoming family.

Oh, and if you really want to make an impression on the new addition to the family have a jar of marmalade at the ready.

How to win a Paddington Bear!

Twitter competition:

How to enter on Twitter:

1) RT and follow @MeccaBingo by 11:59pm on Sunday, 7th December.

2) 25 winners will be selected at random and notified via Twitter on Wednesday, 10th December.

3) All prizes must be claimed on or before Tuesday, 16th December

4) Oh, and don’t forget to support Paddington Bear by going to watch the film!

 

 

Instagram Competition:

 

1)      Like our #ShareYourBear Paddington Bear post from 28th November or 3rd December

2)      Follow @MeccaBingo and post a photo of your favourite teddy on Instagram by 11:59pm on Sunday, 7th December

3)      You must tag your photo with #ShareYourBear and #Paddington

4)      15 winners will be selected at random and notified via Instagram on Wednesday, 10th December.

5)      Share images must be your own

6)      We reserve the right to report images on selected Mecca Bingo social channels

7) All prizes must be claimed on or before Tuesday, 16th December

 

For full T&Cs click here: http://bit.ly/XHhogj

Mrs R cashes in on Alices Wonderland jackpot

Mrs R on Sunday experienced a moment that everyone, at one point or another, dreams of  when she won over £250,000 while playing Alices Wonderland.

Disbelief initially prevailing over all other emotions. Mrs R immediately called the Mecca Bingo customer services team to ensure she wasn’t merely waking up from a pleasant dream.

Mrs R, upon confirmation of winning £250,448.94, leaped with the excitement and joy that comes around, if you’re really lucky, once in a lifetime.

Mrs R looks forward with great anticipation to purchasing her dream home – an ornate and quaint bungalow – which she will share with her husband.

Mr W wins progressive jackpot, cashes in on over £150,000

Mr W, from Essex, experienced a life-enhancing moment when he cashed in on £152,564.87 by winning the progressive jackpot earlier in the week.

The moment forever etched in Mr W’s mind occurred while playing Leprechauns Luck.

A father and a grandfather, Mr W has paced back and forth with fervour and excitement since the magnitude of the moment sank in.

Planning on spending some of the winnings on his appreciative family, Mr W takes immeasurable gratification in being able to spoil the deserved clan.

Of course, Mr W would be remiss not to spend a fair portion of the loot on himself. He is going to settle the account on his flat so the lingering mortgage will no longer be an incessant and painful thorn in his side.

Taste Panel Competition

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Do you fancy having your say as to what food we serve in our Mecca Clubs? Well now you can with our brilliant new Taste Panel competition.

We change our menu twice a year and we’re about to work out what warming favourites and fantastic new tastes we should add to our Winter menu. That’s where you come in!

 

We want to take you and a friend to our development kitchen in Sale to taste some of our new recipes and let us know what you think. Only the cream of the crop will make it onto the new Mecca menu,

 

The prize includes an all expense paid trip to Manchester, a visit to our development kitchen to sample our new menu, a night out at Mecca Hyde Road in Manchester and your travel, accommodation, food, champagne and bingo! You must be able to travel on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th July.

 

To enter all you have to do is register on the taste panel at http://bit.ly/1icyGLA or by emailing meccamenucompetition@rank.com. Deadline for entries is 30th June and the winners will be picked on 1st July.

 

What would you like to see on our new menu? Let us know below.