Billy Winfield didn’t need to be sparked into action when he won big at Betfred
His only thought after landing £20,000 from a £1 stake was to visit the jewellers – and it was all down to the love of his life Anne, with whom he has been happily married for 53 years.
She had after all picked his lucky numbers – 2,14,20 and 28, that were all drawn out on the 49’s lotto game – and he now prioritised replacing the damaged gold necklace he treated her to on their ruby wedding anniversary.
Billy, aged 71, who put his bet on at his local Betfred shop at Tubwell Row, Darlington, explained: “She was fiddling with the necklace that had a ruby in it, and lost it down the toilet! I got her a replacement, even if it was 13 years on, within 24 hours of my win … and it cost about the same, £300.
“I’m a real romantic you see!“ said Billy, who is a father of three with five grandchildren.
“Anne’s birthday is on the second day of the month, so that was the first number she picked twenty years ago. Number 14 is because that’s one of her sister’s birthdays, and 28 because that’s the day in the month of her other sister. Our daughter Caroline was born on the 20th, so that was the fourth number that I have always used.”
Billy added: “We celebrated by me giving her the bracelet, and additionally I had a nice cup of hot chocolate, while she had a cup of tea. We also had my favourite meal of yellow haddock – or finny haddock as we call it – with butter, pepper and new potatoes.
“As well as the necklace we’ll be going abroad on holiday once the restrictions are lifted, and we can get out and about more. Gran Canaria is one of our favourite places so we might go there. I have also ordered her a new cooker online from the windfall, so everyone’s happy.”
Betfred boss Fred Done said: “What a belting win, Billy … and all for a quid. I hear you are a Liverpool fan so this is something of a double celebration, with you winning the Premier League so handsomely – and you’ve proved yourself lucky in love, too, with your wife picking those four numbers.”