A nationwide hunt is on today to find a mystery Newmarket punter who won more than £10,000 on the horses - and doesn’t know he’s in the money.
All bookie Betfred can establish so far as staff try to track down the lucky man is that he bet £16 on the totescoop6 in the members’ enclosure at Newmarket’s July Course at 1.38pm on Saturday.
There were 108 winners after the six races on which they made selections who shared the huge £630,492 pay-out.
Each won £5,837 but Betfred boss Fred Done had put up an additional £200,000 to be shared by totescoop6 winners who bet with Betfred or Totepool which he owns.
That means Newmarket Norman - the name given by staff at the company’s 1,400 Betfred shops nationwide who have been asked to turn detective to track him down – has won a total of £10,715 which is going begging.
Wanted posters have been put up in the shops and security cameras at the course are being checked in a bid to find lucky ’Norm.
Betfred boss Fred Done said today: “My message to you Norman or whatever your real name is ‘please come forward and the sooner the better.’ He should be spending his winnings already and needs to identify himself by Friday’s deadline so he can get a chance to go for next weekend’s bonus rollover of £198,286.’’
Totescoop6 customers have to pick the winners of six designed races that are usually broadcast on TV with the amount they win dependent on the amount in the ‘pot.’
Norman chose five winners as part of his £16 bet but is believed to have not realised one of his selections in the 3.10pm at Newcastle was withdrawn. Under the Totescoop6 rules, the favourite takes the place of the selection and Zarwaan obliged, romping home at 7/2.
Fred added: “We are actively tracking our winner. If he’s got his slip then no problem he just needs to get to one of our shops. If he’s lost it we do have details of his exact bet so he might be able to be identified from that.
“I hope it doesn’t come to some kind of police-style identity parade with the cashier trying to pick out Norman back at Newmarket but you never know!. He or she must have significant horse racing expertise as the bet was made in Newmarket but covered races in Newcastle, Windsor and Chester which were being followed on the day…and of course he won.”