A dad won £310,000 on the horses after betting only £2. Tony Wonnacott, 45, struck lucky at the bookies where he has been a regular - and mostly losing - punter since he was a teenager. As the scale of his win began to sink in yesterday the father-of-two admitted it made him and the bookies "just about even".
Businessman Tony said: "I was shell-shocked when they told me how much I'd won. "I've been backing horses for 30 years but I've never won much more than about £300. "Like all gamblers I've never really counted up what I've won or lost. If your luck's in, you win."
Tony won the cash on Saturday with a Tote Scoop 6 bet at the Ladbrokes in Teignmouth, Devon. He picked six winners in a row and is still in with a chance of a £399,096 bonus if he can make it seven in a nominated race next Saturday.
Tony, who spends around £40 a week on the horses, said there was a "stunned silence" from his wife Beverley when he rang her with the news of the windfall. He said: "She thought I was joking, and I said, 'No, darling I'm not.' We celebrated with a quiet meal out."
Tony plans to get Bev a new car, share some of the cash with other family members and is also considering buying a racehorse. He said: "I won't be going mad. These chances only come along once so I'm not going to blow it."
Ladbrokes' David Williams added: "Tony is living proof that if at first you don't succeed then keep trying."