Man nets £3m Football Pools record
Published 10/10/2010 | 16:09
A prison officer has been revealed as the winner of Britain's largest Football Pools prize.
Michael Elliott, of Brechin in Angus, said it was a "dream come true" after he netted a record jackpot of £3,001,511.
The 56-year-old father secured the payout by predicting eight 2-2 draws in the Scottish, English and Spanish leagues.
Officials said it is the first time in the 87-year history of the Pools that a single winner has scooped a record payout in excess of £3 million.
Mr Elliott said: "I cannot believe it. It is a dream come true. To say this is a life-changing experience would be the understatement of the year. I have played the Pools for many years and have won three times before, although my biggest previous win was £32. We are still in a state of shock and it's going to take a little time before everything finally sinks in."
Mr Elliott's win was sealed by Clitheroe's draw with Fylde in England's Evo Stik Premier League.
Originally from Canterbury, Kent, he has spent more than 20 years of his life serving in the Forces, including spells in Northern Ireland and the Gulf.
It is understood he has now quit his job as a warder after 13 years working at Noranside open prison, near Forfar.
His 34-year-old partner, Kirstina Fairweather, told the Scottish News of the World: "The mortgage payments on our home were so high that we feared we might have to sell it. Now our money worries are over - and I am going to be planning a wedding.
"During the summer I asked Michael if we could really afford the £2 a week cost of playing the Pools. I'm glad he kept playing it - that's why I love him."