Man celebrates £1.45m win after £2 horse racing bet
A North Devon man who won £1.45 million from a £2 bet on a horse racing accumulator has told equine insurance policyholders of his shock at becoming a millionaire.
Steve Whiteley said that he was not a regular gambler and only attends horse racing events once or twice a year.
However, Mr Whiteley visited a free-entry event at Exeter racecourse, in which he placed a six-horse bet, for the original stake of £2.
Speaking of the drama of the day, the 61-year-old heating engineer said that excitement began to mount after the fourth result come in.
He added: "I couldn't watch the last race. I'm shaking like a leaf, I can't believe it."
Mr Whiteley's total winnings of £1,445,671.71 are the largest ever paid out by the Tote Jackpot.
Earlier this month, twenty-five national race courses announced that they would be offering free-entry events throughout April.
Sites including Ascot, Newmarket, Epson Downs and Newbury will take part in the Race for Change programme, which aims to attract more people to the sport.
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