Christmas came early for one happy punter after he landed £9,000 from a bet of just 10p.
Student Lewis Sindle, 19, from March is planning a special festive season for his mum following the huge pay-out from a bet on the horse racing at Cheltenham.
Lewis made correct predictions in six races after placing his Tote placepot selections alongside grandad John Dickerson at the Betfred store in Whittlesey on Friday.
And the University of Birmingham student is looking forward to spending some of his winnings on friends and family in the coming days.
Lewis said: “My mum Michelle works tirelessly helping my sister on her morning paper round, cleaning at an old folk’s home and working in the corner shop.
“Normally I get her chocolates or candles or something like that for Christmas – but this year it will be something just a bit bigger!”
Reflecting on the moment he realised he had won the huge prize, while watching the races in the Betfred shop, he said: “I sat there in silence and stared at the screen. I was in shock.”
Lewis took 25 minutes to make his selections. Four hours later he was “shaking with excitement and in desperate need of a glass of water” after winning £9,177 from a 10p stake.
Channel 4 betting expert Tanya Stevenson interviewed him on the phone on Saturday during their live broadcast, and he has also had people asking him on Twitter for tips. Lewis said: “I keep getting texts off my friends asking ‘is that actually you’? I just can’t believe what has happened. My grandad, who is my best mate, was so proud.
“He said he had been trying to do something like that all his life and was just glad he knew someone who had achieved it. Usually I make my selections and grandad might give me some advice – but on Friday he didn’t.
“We just did our own and then went to Betfred, where he’s a regular, to watch the racing, which I love.”