One of our regular punters from Wales reckons he should enter the Guinness Book of Records after pulling off a truly spectacular win
Grandad Chris Thomas plans to mark his retirement with a trip to Ireland after winning £13,300 from an astonishing TWENTY SIX-fold footy acca at Betfred.
The 65-year-old, a regular at the Betfred shop on Charles Street, Milford Haven, thinks he’s entitled to a place in the Guinness Book of Records for landing such a big accumulator.
Chris, who leaves his job as an industrial painter at power stations and oil refineries in December, took just 20 minutes to fill in his mammoth slip, which he wagered just £3 on.
He opted for mainly favourites in recent World Cup qualifiers and also predicted some matches in the EFL first and second divisions, plus games in the National League and Scottish Challenge Cup.
Chris was awaiting a hospital appointment and had been told to isolate, so asked his wife Maureen to put the bet on for him.
He said: “I’m due to retire at the end of the year, so this money will come in handy.
“We’ll be off to see some friends in Dingle, in County Kerry, and I will no doubt be getting a treat for Maureen – but what it is will stay between us.
“I took just 20 minutes or so to make my selections on Friday night and my wife, who doesn’t go into the bookies very often, took my slip to the local Betfred shop.
“I’m having to isolate at home before I go to hospital for a painkilling injection for my calf muscle and hip.
“I checked the paper on Monday morning and could see I’d done quite well in the World Cup Qualifiers, but there was no mention of the non-league games or those in Scotland, which I had to check on my laptop.
“I was pleasantly surprised to have won £13,3000, because I thought it might have been about £10,000.
“I often put bets like this on, but usually involve around 15-16 teams – rarely 26! It’s just a bit of fun as far as I’m concerned.”
Chris predicted World Cup qualifier wins for Cyprus against Croatia, Germany against Romania, Montenegro against Gibraltar, Netherlands against Latvia, North Macedonia against Liechtenstein, Slovenia against Malta, Russia against Slovakia, Bosnia against Kazakhstan, Sweden against Kosovo, England against Andorra, Austria against the Faroe Islands, Serbia against Luxembourg, Denmark against Moldova, Poland against San Marino and Switzerland against Northern Ireland.
Turning to the EFL, he successfully predicted Wycombe’s win over Gillingham, and Harrogate’s triumph against Scunthorpe.
In the National League, he went for Altrincham to beat Maidenhead, Halifax to triumph over Weymouth, Solihull Moors to overcome Kings Lynn, Chesterfield to better Southend, Stockport to get three points against Aldershot and Grimsby to beat Woking.
Finally, he correctly predicted wins for Raith Rovers, Cove Rangers and Inverness against East Fife, Albion Rovers and Elgin City respectively in the Scottish Challenge Cup.
Betfred boss Fred Done said: “They talk about the luck of the Irish, but this win for one of our Welsh customers is frankly remarkable.
“Chris has turned £3 into £13,300, which has come at just the right time ahead of his retirement.”