From Rags to Riches: UK Gamblers Who Defied the Odds

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In recent years, there have been some astonishing real-life stories of British gamblers who won incredible sums from small wagers. These people are the proof that you don’t have to wager big to win big. Check out the fantastic stories below.

Man Utd Fan: 30p to £500,000

Several years back, William Hill reported that an unnamed Man Utd fan won £500,000 after staking just 30p. To get his large payout, the businessman in his 50s had to back a 15-event accumulator many months earlier. Ultimately, the winning moment was confirmed when the punter saw Bayern Munich win the Champions League during the 2012/13 season.

Fred Craggs: 50p to £1 Million

Fred Craggs is from North Yorkshire loves his horses, but that love grew even stronger when he was rewarded with a £1 million windfall in February 2008. Craggs defied odds of two-million-to-one when his eight-horse accumulator proved to be a winning investment.

Incredibly, Craggs’ first horse was called Isn’t That Lucky and the last was named A Dream Come True. And all the more fitting was that Craggs won on his 60th birthday, which prompted bookmaker William Hill to describe the win as “the most amazing ever”.

Fisherman: 20p to £5.4 Million

Next up in these largest gambling wins is the Scottish fisherman who won £5.4 million from playing NetEnt’s Hall of Gods slot. When taking some time away from his deep-sea fishing, the Aberdeenshire resident began making 20p spins and sat back as the winnings keep coming.

When asked how he was feeling, the winner said “yahoo” would be enough as an explanation. He then rushed to tell his wife and she was understandably shocked, with the fisherman comparing the delight of the experience to the day his son was born.

The fisherman did not immediately know what to do with his jackpot at the time of his October 2013 victory. However, he was able to tell the media that he planned to give some to charity and that he would continue with his day job because he would miss it otherwise.

Jon Heywood: 25p to £13.2 Million

After all of those incredible stories, this final tale has to be a good one, and fortunately it is. Back in October 2015, a British solider named Jon Heywood managed to take 25p and transform it into a mind-blowing £13.2 million windfall.

Heywood decided to settle in for a session on Microgaming’s popular Mega Moolah slot and was patiently making 25p wagers on each spin. After depositing £30, Heywood’s calm strategy paid off when he won the life-changing sum in just seven minutes.

When speaking to the media, Heywood came across as a humble guy by saying medical treatment for his ill father was the most important purpose for the money. However, Heywood did say he would treat himself to a Bentley Continental in yellow.

Well, those were some inspirational stories of turning a little into a lot. Just remember that you don’t need massive wagers to reap the rewards.