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Devon man wins £1.45 million racing jackpot

9/3/2011
A lucky punter has won £1.45 million on a £2 horse bet.

Steve Whiteley, a 61-year-old heating engineer from North Devon, cashed in after his six-race Tote Jackpot accumulator came good at Exeter racecourse. Mr Whiteley, who admitted afterwards that he was "not a horse racing man", correctly predicted that Semi Colon (2-1), Black Phantom (12-1), Ammunition (16-1), Mr Bennett (16-1), Lundy Sky (5-1) and Lupita (12-1) would all win their respective races. The final selection, Lupita, had not won in its last 26 outings. The official winning figure was £1,445,671.71, the biggest ever Tote Jackpot payout.

"The first few selections I had two in each race and that was going to cost £32 so I scrapped that,” said Whiteley, who admitted that he couldn’t watch the final face. Speaking about the thinking behind his selections, he said: "It's difficult to say how I came up with them. Why did I pick the last one? Lodge is just a name that sticks in my head.”
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