clients scoop jackpot thanks to horses that did not run
selections automatically went on winning favourite
Bonus shared among
three syndicates who pooled their tickets
Craig Brazier loses but
says: I can chill out now
The three betting shop punters who were made
instant millionaires on Saturday have finally come forward, allaying fears that
two of them may have missed the fact that they had made their fortune. The
gamblers held three of the eight tickets which won the Scoop6 bet and shared an
enormous pool, each landing more than £1.3m.
Two of the punters
had reason to be grateful for an enormous stroke of good fortune, in that one
of their selections became a non-runner. Under Scoop6 rules, such selections
are then switched to the favourite, whichever horse that happens to be; as it
turned out, the favourite in question came good.
Not every punter understands that the bet works
this way and even those who do are not always careful about checking whether or
not their horses actually took part. Until Sunday evening, it appeared that one
of the winners, a Ladbrokes punter from Dublin, was going to miss out through
ignorance, but he eventually came forward to collect.
One of the other
punters, a 58-year-old credit controller from Dundee who staked £2 in a
Paddy Power shop on the Kings Road in London, said he was on the point of
crumpling up his ticket when he decided to check the days list of
non-runners. I was absolutely delirious, he was quoted as saying in
a press release from the bookmaker, having requested anonymity.
When March wasnt in the frame, I thought, oh well,
thats that. I dont know why but, just before I binned the ticket, I
thought Id check the non-runners just in case. Im glad I did.
A third betting shop punter, a
customer of Betfred, was among the Scoop6 winners, having also staked the
minimum £2, according to the bookmaker. The remaining five successful
tickets were held by three syndicates and two high-rolling users of Betfair.
The winners are eligible for a shot at the Scoop6s bonus pool of
more than £5m. To win it, or a share of it, they must pick the winner of
Saturdays most difficult race.
The win fund, having been scooped,
will start again on Saturday, which would normally mean something like
£250,000 in the pool. However, a Tote spokesman said there was hope that
it could be double that on this occasion, following the excellent publicity
generated by 12 weeks of rollovers and so many new millionaires, as well as a
new record for the highest sum won by a single betting shop wager. The previous
record was £1.1m in 2004, also set by a Scoop6 winner.
Boy victory at York hands Scoop6 £5.5m bonus to syndicates
£5.5m Scoop6 bonus was won at York and will be shared among three of the
syndicates that held winning tickets from the main bet last week. Gathered into
a co-operative by the long-term Scoop6 player Bernard Marantelli, they included
the 12-1 winner Top Boy among their three selections.
The betting shop
punters who won last week missed out on the bonus after deciding to go it
alone. Two of them remained anonymous. Craig Brazier, the wheelie bin cleaner
from Mansfield who achieved sudden fame with his £1.3m windfall, got a
run for his money from Tumblewind, who showed up well at halfway before fading
I can chill out now and enjoy the rest of my
life, Brazier said. She came with a chance, but wasnt good
enough. Its still life-changing.
Congratulations to the
syndicate who backed [Top Boy]. I couldnt have had him as hes let
me down so many times on the all-weather.
Marantelli said his
syndicates £1.3m from last Saturday had not been enough to recoup
its losses from the bet in the past three months, during the Scoop6s
record series of rollovers. However, their share of Saturdays bonus means
that a profit has now been achieved.