Leith punter wins biggest prize in Scottish betting history

An Edinburgh punter has scooped the biggest horse racing win in Scottish betting history - on his birthday.

The punter scooped the win at a William Hill shop in Leith. Picture PA
The punter scooped the win at a William Hill shop in Leith. Picture PA

The small stakes gambler from Leith invested £5.35 on a series of accumulators but netted a massive £682,282.14 after the windfall on Sunday.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “It’s a bet that defies the odds beyond just about anything we’ve ever seen.

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“We believe it is the biggest accumulator payout in Scotland despite the fact it consists of a series of bets costing just 5p.

“The final leg of the bet was critical, as it completed an eight-fold accumulator and added more than £200,000 to the winning pot. It also meant a lot of the other permutations were big winners too.”

Adams added: “We think a number of records have been beaten. It is certainly our biggest ever winner on the horses in Scotland.

“Also the £0.05 eightfold bet, which won £203,969.39, is the highest return for that stake in our 80-plus years’ history.”

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He added: “It is all the more remarkable this bet came in on his birthday – it was definitely his lucky day.”

The winning punter is believed to be in his 50s and will be sharing the prize money with his family.

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