A self-employed roof tiler has struck it rich after picking up nearly £100,000 on a bet that cost him less than £10.
William Hill customer, Clive Wallace, from Carlton near Newmarket hit the jackpot with a 2p each-way Goliath bet on Sunday on races at Ayr and Market Rasen, after seven of his eight selections won.
He also placed a 10p each-way accumulator on the same horses which, had favourite, Lilac Tree, not been beaten in the opening leg at Ayr, would have taken his combined winnings close to £1 million.
While Mr Wallace, 49, was thrilled with the windfall for an investment of just £9.88, the delight, and that of his wife Cathy, was also tinged with sadness that the couple’s daughter Bethaney, a former teen magazine covergirl, who succumbed to anorexia and bulimia and died in her sleep from heart failure two years ago at the age of 19, was not there to share it with them.
“It doesn’t replace anything, but after such sad times it is nice that something good happens,” said Mr Wallace who picked up £95,496.
The Goliath - which consists of 247 bets - is his regular weekend wager with Hills which, unlike some other operators, accepts 1p and 2p each-way multiples.
“The most I have won before was around £4,500, and this is fantastic, “ he said.
“I listened to the live running of the races on the radio at home and thought I had around £5,000 going onto the final leg, but I’m not very good at working out these things and when I found out how much I’d won it was quite overwhelming.
“It would have been a lot more if the accumulator had come in, but I’m not complaining.
He celebrated with “a good drink”, but said he would not be pushing the boat out. “I’ll pay off a few bills and credit cards first and then try to look after it. I won’t be splashing out on anything in particular.”
Hills spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke commented: “He came so close to landing a million, but it’s brilliant that a punter staking such a small amount can win a life-changing sum in just three hours of racing. I guess he won’t be buying any lilac trees with his winnings though.”
His seven winners were at were Testa Rossa, 5-1, Hanalei Bay, 5-1, Jinky 9-1, Opt Out, 18-1, Chosen One 7-2, all at Ayr, and Mister Wiseman, 8-1 and The Nephew, 7-2 at Market Rasen.