Heating engineer Steve Whitely was looking forward to a fun day at the races when he jumped on the bus with his pass and entered Exeter racecourse for free as part of a special promotion. Just hours later he had picked the winner of all six races on the card and his £2 Tote Jackpot horse bets stake returned over £1.45 million.
The 61 year old selected a host of outsiders in his winning run, which saw him going into the final two races as the only ticket holder still in the competition. The final leg was won by 12/1 shot and horse betting outsider Lupita ridden by Jessica Lodge who had to battle it out in the final stages with a very strong Only Hope. Lodge had never previously won a race under rules and Lupita had not won in 26 previous attempts.
Mr Whitely from North Tawton in Devon had originally selected two horses in each race but with the stake of £32 he decided against that and went on to have a single Jackpot bet. The result returned the largest in Tote Jackpot history with a total prize pot of £1,445, 671.71.
The number of outsiders that featured in the winning selections meant that the number of units left after three races was just over 500 and after the fourth leg there were just 7 punters in with a shout of winning.
The winning selections were Semi Colon (2/1), Black Phantom (12/1), Ammunition (16/1), Mr Bennett (16/1), Lundy Sky (5/1) and Lupita (12/1).