UK’s luckiest towns revealed by online bingo winnings

Kirkwall in Orkney, Scotland is the luckiest town in the whole of the UK, while localities in Scotland are disproportionately lucky, according to new research. The study, conducted by Paddy Power Bingo, takes an in-depth look at the results of millions of individual online bingo games played by their customers, revealing that Kirkwall boasts a 31% win rate.

The Scottish city’s impressive win rate is nearly 50% higher than any other UK city, with Lymington in Hampshire and Isleworth in London rounding out the top three (both with a 21% win rate). Paddy Power Bingo punters may want to move to Scotland for luck, as four Scottish towns feature in the top 10 luckiest places – massively outperforming Wales, with Maesteg in Bridgend being the only Welsh representative of the list.

Top 10 UK cities by pass rate

Rank

City/Town

Country

win percentage

1

Kirkwall, Orkney

Scotland

31%

2

Lymington, Hampshire

England

21%

3

Isleworth, London

England

21%

4

Melksham, Wiltshire

England

20%

5

Dingwall, Highland

Scotland

20%

6

Larkhall, South Lanarkshire

Scotland

20%

seven

Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway

Scotland

20%

8

Wetherby, West Yorkshire

England

20%

9

Maesteg, Bridgend

Wales

19%

ten

Wadebridge, Cornwall

England

19%

However, while the Scots routinely celebrate a win, when it comes to the top 10 by amounts won, there are no representatives from north of the border. The English, while winning less frequently, enjoy much larger earnings, with nine English cities ranking among the best in terms of average earnings per game.

Despite only one representative in the top 10 for win rate and highest average payout, Wales top the charts for highest average earnings, with Ruthin (Denbighshire) being the most successful. Hebden and Longfield, in West Yorkshire and Kent respectively, get silver and bronze in the earnings table.

Top 10 cities by average payment:

Rank

City/Town

Country

1

Ruthin, Denbighshire

Wales

2

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

England

3

Longfield, Kent

England

4

Ashbourne, Derbyshire

England

5

Pulborough, West Sussex

England

6

Bodmin, Cornwall

England

seven

Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire

England

8

Shefford, Bedfordshire

England

9

Surbiton, London

England

ten

Esher, Surrey

England

The biggest individual win of all time came at Doncaster, with one extremely lucky punter winning £20,570 in one game. Not to be completely outdone by the North, London recorded the most wins over £1,000 (162), followed by Coventry (110) which is well ahead of the chasing pack. Surprising entrants to the top 10 include smaller areas such as Romford and Haverhill.

Win over £1,000:

Rank

City/Town

Country

Number of wins over £1,000

1

London

England

162

2

Coventry

England

110

3

Leicester

England

70

4

Manchester

England

65

5

Romford, Essex

England

47

6

Haverhill, Suffolk

England

44

seven

liverpool

England

40

8

Bristol

England

39

9

Glasgow

Scotland

39

ten

Stockport

England

36

A spokesperson for Paddy Power Bingo said: “Bingo requires a bit of luck so we thought it would be a good idea to have one of our boffins analyze the results of over 700 million games to see who does the best. So kudos to the people of Kirkwall who seem to be a lot luckier than anyone else in the country.

“Given the strong Scottish representation among the luckiest places, you may consider moving north of the border to bring good fortune. I would definitely stay away from Wales. And that’s not very lucky either…”