Friday, 18 March 2011
Man wins £1.4m in a fluke £2 bet...
Heating engineer Steve Whiteley said he had only gone to Exeter racecourse because it was free to get in.
He placed a £2 accumulator bet at the suggestion of his mates, and then watched in disbelief as, one-by-one, his horses came in.
It is by far the biggest Tote jackpot ever won, and Mr Whiteley is the first ordinary punter to win it - it has only been done previously by a syndicate and a professional gambler.
If the starting prices of all of the horses he backed are added together, the combined odds of him winning were just over 870,000-1.
To win the accumulator Mr Whiteley, from North Tawton, had to pick the winners of all six races at the meet.