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£9 horse racing bet hands pensioner jackpot windfall

| 25.01.2011

JOHN JELLEY became Britain’s biggest ever elderly jackpot winner at the weekend after winning £345,126 from a £9 horse racing bet placed in his local Ladbrokes in Burry Port, South Wales.

Jelley, 88, wasn’t even aware of his huge win after falling asleep and forgetting to check the results, only finding out when he returned to Ladbrokes the next day to place his usual bet.

The winning horses included ‘Forget it’ at 12/1 which he included due to his dodgy memory. He only started betting three years ago aged 85 to pass the time after he broke his wrist and bets solely on names without ever studying the form.

Mr Jelley said: “I filled in my slip the same as usual and then forgot all about the horses. I was watching the telly when I began to doze off and by the time I woke up I’d missed the results. I had no idea what had happened.

“I came in on Sunday morning to do my bets again and that’s when the staff told me I was rich. I thought they were taking the mickey and I told them I was too old for practical jokes. They showed me the screen and I just laughed.”

Jelley plans to celebrate his win by going on a cruise just eight miles along the coast to neighbouring town Kidwelly, before returning in time for his favourite supper of sausages & mash.

Ladbrokes confirm it is the most money ever won by a pensioner for a stake of that size.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “John is living proof that big wins come to those who wait. We’ve never known anybody to be so old and so lucky.”

The winning bet in full

Mr Jelley’s Selections Each-way accumulator

2.50 Wincanton: SPARROW HILLS won at 14/1

3.15 Haydock: FRANKIE FIGG non-runner

3.25 Wincanton: BUGSY’S BOY won at 12/1

4.00 Wincanton: FORGET IT won at 12/1

4.30 Wincanton: FURROWS won at 66/1



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.