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Nuneaton Man wins £413k and now has a shot at becoming a Millionaire

A Coral betting shop punter in Nuneaton on Saturday won £412,961 for just a £2 horse racing bet on the “Tote Scoop6”.

The customer, in his 60s, now has the chance to win a further £878,564 pounds bonus by selecting the winner of the “Tote Scoop6 Bonus race” next Saturday. Should he win the bonus, he will net a total of £1,291,525 making him the biggest winner in the history of betting in Britain.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, placed the £2 bet in the Coral betting shop in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. He spoke to Simon Clare from Coral today saying,

“I don’t always do the Scoop6 but I thought I’d have a go given how much money was at stake. I was working for the first three races, but then my daughter rang me to say they’d all won, so I watched the fourth and fifth races on telly, and then had to go out so followed the final leg on the Racing Post website commentary. When the final horse won I didn’t really know what to think and was amazingly calm,” said the man, who runs his own business.

“I saw the Betfred PR man quoted saying a ‘lucky’ punter had won the Scoop6 and I thought to myself, I wasn’t lucky, I’ve managed to pick six winners out of six. That’s skill not luck.”
He explained, “I’ve always been a punter. It’s in my genes as my dad was a bookies runner and my grandparents liked a flutter on the gee-gees, and I’ve been betting on horse racing since before I was 18 and probably a bit before.”

“It’s a great hobby. I only ever bet what I can afford to lose and have always gone to the races with my wife and three kids. Horse racing’s really moved on in recent years. In the old days you’d have the last race and then the bars would shut and you’d get kicked out. Now there are family days, entertainments for kids, and pop concerts after racing. It’s so much better. We went to Redcar last year and saw the Commitments and also saw Wet Wet Wet at Newmarket.”

When asked about next Saturday’s shot at the £878k bonus, the successful punter said, “I have chatted with a pal who follows racing closely too and we expect that the bonus race will be the Imperial Cup. We agreed to keep an eye on what David Pipe is running. Martin Pipe always used to have something for the Imperial Cup/Cheltenham bonus and won the race many times so his son might have something lined up.”

The man has not made any plans how to spend the £413k he has won, or thought what he would do if he won the £878k bonus too.

“My three daughters are already excitedly coming up with things to spend the money on but I have spoken to the wife and we’ll just put in the building society and decide from there. You come into the world with nothing and you leave it with nothing, so we’ll definitely use it to enjoy life and new experiences,” he concluded.

Simon Clare, who spoke at length to the customer, said, “He is the most deserving winner imaginable. He has been a regular punter for over forty years and an enthusiastic lifelong supporter and fan of horse racing. If you get out of life what you put into it, then it is entirely fitting that horse racing has rewarded this individual with a life-changing win. That said, as he pointed out quite firmly, this win wasn’t down to luck. He picked his six selections very carefully and his win was down to skill.”

Tote Scoop6 Information:

(i) Tote Scoop6
The Tote Scoop6 is a pool bet accepted in nearly all high street betting shops, and requires the customer to pick the six winners of six selected races each Saturday. The winner(s) of the Scoop6 then have the chance to win the Tote Scoop6 Bonus on the following Saturday, by selecting the winner of the selected Bonus race.

(ii) Current Record Betting Win
The biggest ever win by a betting customer was Stuart Boland in November 2004 when he won a total of £1,132,657 on the Tote Scoop6. This anonymous customer will break that record if he wins next Saturday’s Bonus race, and net a return of £1,291,525.