December 21 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, July 10, 2014
A self-employed roof tiler from near Newmarket has won a “Goliath” bet - a total of £95,496.95 - after he became a bit bored while watching the tennis.
Clive Wallace, from Carlton, managed to turn an investment of less than £10 into this life-changing sum of money last Sunday when he bet on horses racing at Ayr and Market Rasen.
He placed a 2p each-way ‘Goliath’ bet on eight horses online with bookmaker William Hill.
Seven of his selections won, and had the eighth pick - Lilac Tree - been successful he would have landed just over £1million.
The 49-year-old, who is married to Cathy, said: “I was in watching the tennis actually and I was a bit bored so I just did the bet just as something to listen to on the radio as well.”
Mr Wallace said he had won about £4,500 before on a bet, but nothing like his latest win.
But while delighted with the cash, he said he wished he could share the moment with his daughter Bethaney, who died aged 19 from heart failure brought on by anorexia and bulimia.
He said: “Money doesn’t replace anything. I just wish she could be here with us. She would have loved it.”
He said he planned on being careful with his winnings, and would pay off debts.
Jon Ivan-Duke, spokesman for William Hill, said: “It must be an absolute dream for Clive and it’s great that a small staking punter can win such a massive amount.”