North Yorkshire's betting shop millionaire has collected his money
after staking just 50p on eight winning horses. Fred Craggs discovered he had
won £1 million on his 60th birthday, but he sat through a family meal
that evening without telling anyone his secret.
Fred Craggs, from
Thirsk, found he had hit the bonanza on his 60th birthday at the weekend, but
sat through a family meal without telling anyone.
He beat odds of two
million to one when all his horses came home on Saturday.
A William Hill spokesman said the bet was "the
most amazing ever" since betting shops were made legal in 1961.
Craggs placed his bet last Friday in a William Hill shop in Thirsk.
needed all eight horses to win - from the first horse called Isn't That Lucky,
to the last horse called A Dream Come True.
But he only discovered he
was a millionaire when he went to place another bet in Bedale on Saturday.
"I had quite a glowing feeling in the shop but none of the other
customers seemed to notice."
"I've never spent more than the price of a
packet of cigarettes on a bet so it is very surprising that I won this much
William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said: "We are delighted
that the wait to discover the identity of our fortunate client is now over, and
that he has been in touch and arranged to receive his winning cheque - we can
now put him forward for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records."
And he added: "Mr Craggs does follow form, but also uses his own
instinct to make his final selections - that instinct was certainly spot on