Man picks up £353,000 with £1 bet
Published 18/05/2011 | 23:28
A man who won more than £350,000 on a £1 horse bet has told how his brain was a "wreck" as he realised how much he had won.
Bookies William Hill said the Glasgow-based man, who wishes to stay anonymous, scooped £353,000 after winning a seven-horse accumulator bet at odds of 706,128/1.
The single father has not worked in five years after he had surgery on his heart, and admitted he has been struggling.
He said: "I'm shocked. I regularly place these little bets and everyone tells me I'm mad.
"I've hit the bar a few times but this is incredible.
"My brain was a wreck and I couldn't understand the balance on my account. I first thought it would pay about £21,000 and had to get my son to come and translate that the numbers meant I'd actually won £353,000."
He said he would spend his winnings on buying his own home, and plans to visit his sisters abroad.
He placed his 50p each-way accumulator on seven horses running at Brighton, Nottingham, Towcester and Kempton.
A spokesman for William Hill, who took the bet, said: "He's our luckiest ever punter."