Life has just got smiles better for a soon-to-be beaming Betfred winner.
It’s usually a case of splashing out on posh holidays or a luxury car for our big winners, but father-of-three Alan Roberts just wants some new gnashers and a holiday in Scarborough with his £92,139.83 windfall.
The ex-trooper in the Royal Dragoons tank regiment, who has also worked at a power station and recently as a fence erecter, wagered a total of just £18 on a horse racing Lucky 31 and each-way accumulator.
His bets comprised of five horses – Gale Force Maya, Nayef Road, Saluti, Subastar and Desert Angel – who all won in a glorious afternoon for Alan (pictured below) at Newmarket and Pontefract.
Alan with his incredible, winning Lucky 31 ticket
Yorkshireman Alan’s winnings were significantly boosted thanks to the Betfred promotion which guarantees best starting prices, with three horses going off at bigger prices than when he backed them.
The most substantial drifter was Desert Angel, who went off at 16/1 after Alan backed him at 17/2.
Alan, 39, who lives near his local Betfred Shop at The Square, Castleford, said: “I’ve been bothered about my teeth, that are basically rotten, for some time. I just need some new ones and then I won’t be self-conscious about them anymore.
“It’s the first thing I’m going to do, and then I’m going on holiday in Scarborough with my mother. She’ll be back from Benidorm by then, so hopefully she’ll come along with me.
“When I’m in Scarborough for a couple of weeks or so I will think what I’m going to do with what for me is a life-changing win.
“One thing I have thought about is buying a couple of caravans and renting them out. It’s a big chance for me to make some money.
“What did I do when I realised I’d won so much? I went down to the working men’s club and had a few drinks. No I didn’t start buying rounds, but it’s fair to say a few old mates have come out of the woodwork!”
He added: “I do check out the form of the horses and always go for these particular favourites. I usually end up second in most races, but not this time with all five winning.”
Betfred boss Fred Done said: “I’m chuffed to bits to be putting a permanent smile on the face of regular customer Alan. This hard-working fella, who has served his country when he was younger, deserves all the luck in the world.
“He’s already taken a bite out of my profits, even without his new teeth!’’