Globetrotting James Edwards is to fulfil a lifelong ambition to visit Russia thanks to Betfred.

The 47-year-old builder from Newcastle won a whopping £76,000 from just a £2.50 bet on the Irish Lotto.

“I needed a glass of wine to stop myself shaking when I found out, even though it was about six in the morning!” said James.

Before jetting off to Russia, a country he has always wanted to visit, James will be splashing out on a huge extension to his semi-detached home – and he’s promised his Filipino wife a trip to see her family.

He went on: “I am absolutely over the moon. I’ve had a few good wins on the Irish Lottery and 49s before, using the same numbers that I picked at random, but never have I won this much.

James is a regular at the Betfred shop on Chillingham Road in Newcastle when he’s not backpacking around the world.

He explained: I’ve been to the Philippines, Thailand, Laos, China, Vietnam, South Africa and Mexico, but I’ve never been to Russia and that’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit because it’s off the beaten track.

“The extension involves making our house open plan and moving our bedroom. It will probably cost about £30,000, and then I’ll use some to pay off more of the mortgage.

“I promised my wife a trip to the Philippines to visit her family, and then it’s off to Russia for me!”

Betfred boss Fred Done said: “It’s remarkable that James has won a life-changing amount from such a small stake, proving that you can win big at Betfred for around the price of a pint of beer!”

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