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A PATRIOTIC punter is celebrating after scooping more than GBP100 on the dogs – after placing a bet of GBP11.11 on the 11.11am race on the 11/11/11.
Delighted Chris Meaney hit the jackpot – which paid out at odds of 11 to 1 – on the first race at Hove greyhound track today/yesterday (FRI).
The 31-year-old placed the amount on trap 1 Wilfatwelldigger at Ladbrokes in Birmingham city centre to commemorate Armistice Day.
After he explained the uniqueness of the bet to the manager, he was stunned when she agreed to pay out longer odds of 11-1 instead of 9-4 – landing himself a cool GBP122.21.
Now he plans to donate the extra winnings of GBP97.21 from the extended odds to the Royal British Legion.
Chris, a commercial manager for a healthcare firm, said: “I always commemorate Armistice Day, but this year I thought I would do something a little bit different.
“I’m not really superstitious, but when I saw the time of the race, that it was the first race and being the 11th of the 11th 2011, I thought this has got to be a good omen.
“With trap 1 being in the red jacket everything tied in to convince me to make this bet.
“I nearly put GBP111 on it – I wish I had now. ”
He continued: “The extra money I got from the extended odds I’m going to donate to the British Legion and I’ll be remembering our brave boys along with everybody else today and on Sunday.”
Chris, from Leamington Spa, Warks, usually has a flutter on the horses, but said he rarely bets on greyhounds.
He added: “I like the horses but there were none running at that time so I thought I’d go for it. I think if this is the kind of luck I’m going to have on the dogs, I’ll get down there a bit more often.”
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “It seems the gods AND the dogs were shining on Chris. We were happy to pay out at the bigger odds when we realised the significance of his bet.”
Trap 1 pipped trap 3 to the post in the very last stride, Chris said, who is regular at the city centre bookies.
“It was a nail biting finish,” he added. “Until the photo came up I didn’t think I had won but another punter said hold on to your ticket, I think yours has won.”