A retired electrician takes home a surprising £30,000 from a sixty pence bet. Tony Savill, 70, could not believe his luck as the horses he placed his bet on came home in the right places. This netted his 60 pence wager for the toteplace sweepstake at Southwell at a Betfred shop an astonishing take home amount worth £30,000.
A toteplacepot is a betting term used in horseracing where a punter choses the arrangement of horses that finishes first, second or third in all of the six races at a particular meeting.
The 70-year-old from Northfleet, Kent, said: "I check everything from the horses' form, jockeys and trainers and then go on what I fancy.
"I probably spend about £50 a week on greyhounds, the horses and football during the season.
"I am a Tottenham fan and wish I had got on them at 150/1 for the Premier League title pre-season and definitely not the 2/1 joint favourites they are now with leaders Leicester."
Mr. Savill who now currently works as a part-time delivery driver takes a lion's share of the toteplacepot and ranks third highest in all-time record payouts from this type of betting. His total pot comes in at £30,795. After news of his win, he quickly invited his wife, Shirley, at a local pub.
When he was asked on what he planned to do with all his winning, possibly the biggest win of his life, he said: "We have a holiday booked already in Scotland in the summer but some friends of ours go on cruises so at the end of the year we might well go on one now we can afford it.
"It's only just sinking in that we've actually won so much.
"Shirley and I went round to all our families' homes to tell them about our good fortune, nipped in the pub and then a cup of coffee back home.
"We haven't celebrated properly yet.
"Last time I had a good win like this was in the late 70s and I won £4,000 from a lucky 15 which was a lot in those days, but this £30,000 is something else.
"I'll definitely be having a bet on the Cheltenham Gold Cup."
Betfred boss Fred Done said: "Well done Tony to win so much from such a small stake.
"My advice is to enjoy your big win."