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T_igger_cs_30
09 Mar 11,, 12:03
The Times - Wednesday, March 9

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Gambling history was created at Exeter racecourse yesterday when Steve Whiteley, a heating engineer, won £1,445,671.71 for a stake of £2 on the Tote’s popular jackpot bet.

Mr Whiteley, 61, from North Tawton in Devon, arrived at the track by coach with two friends for a quiet day out but became the talk of the track as word spread of his remarkable success. It was the largest payout in the history of the Tote jackpot.

The bet required punters to name all six winners. Mr Whiteley confessed: “It’s difficult to say how I came up with them. The first few selections I had two in each race and that was going to cost £32 so I scrapped that because I couldn’t afford it.

“Why did I pick the last one? Lodge [the winning lady amateur jockey] is just a name that sticks in my head. I didn’t know anything about her. I’m not a horse-racing man, I only go once or twice a year.”

Jessica Lodge, the jockey concerned, was, in fact, riding her first winner.

“I’m a heating engineer — well, I was!” Mr Whiteley said. “The most exciting bit was after the fourth race when my mate said only seven people in the whole country were still in it. I couldn’t watch the last race. I’m shaking like a leaf, I can’t believe it.”

His winners were: Semi Colon at 2-1; Black Phantom, 12-1; Ammunition, 16-1; Mr Bennett, 16-1; Lundy Sky, 5-1; and finally Lupita at 12-1 in the last leg.

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:eek:...... two 16-1 & two 12-1 shots in a 6 horse accumalator...........the betting gods were with him on this day :biggrin:

dave lukins
09 Mar 11,, 12:26
The Times - Wednesday, March 9

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Gambling history was created at Exeter racecourse yesterday when Steve Whiteley, a heating engineer, won £1,445,671.71 for a stake of £2 on the Tote’s popular jackpot bet.

Mr Whiteley, 61, from North Tawton in Devon, arrived at the track by coach with two friends for a quiet day out but became the talk of the track as word spread of his remarkable success. It was the largest payout in the history of the Tote jackpot.

The bet required punters to name all six winners. Mr Whiteley confessed: “It’s difficult to say how I came up with them. The first few selections I had two in each race and that was going to cost £32 so I scrapped that because I couldn’t afford it.

“Why did I pick the last one? Lodge [the winning lady amateur jockey] is just a name that sticks in my head. I didn’t know anything about her. I’m not a horse-racing man, I only go once or twice a year.”

Jessica Lodge, the jockey concerned, was, in fact, riding her first winner.

“I’m a heating engineer — well, I was!” Mr Whiteley said. “The most exciting bit was after the fourth race when my mate said only seven people in the whole country were still in it. I couldn’t watch the last race. I’m shaking like a leaf, I can’t believe it.”

His winners were: Semi Colon at 2-1; Black Phantom, 12-1; Ammunition, 16-1; Mr Bennett, 16-1; Lundy Sky, 5-1; and finally Lupita at 12-1 in the last leg.

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:eek:...... two 16-1 & two 12-1 shots in a 6 horse accumalator...........the betting gods were with him on this day :biggrin:

The bookies never lose. They take in £millions from the tote every week so a payout of £1.5 is a drop in the ocean to them. Good luck to him and I hope he spends it wisely.

bigross86
09 Mar 11,, 12:33
Think about it: If he made 6 £2 bets on the same horses, he'd have won £4, £24, £32, £32, £10 and £24, or an accumulative total of £126 on a £12 bet. He would have made a little over 10:1 on his original bet.

On the other hand, this way he earned £722,835.855: 1

Lucky bastard...