A pensioner’s first thought after a remarkable win at Betfred was to treat those who care for him.

Dennis Waldron beat odds of over 41,000/1 to pick up £20,598 from a 50p each-way accumulator when he went through the card at Nottingham.

He picked seven winning horses – namely Elixsoft in the 1.00, Hebrides (1.35), Tees Spirit (2.10), Grand Scheme (2.45), Pledge Of Honour (3.20), Ermin Street (3.55) and Midnight Train (4.30) – across the afternoon on Saturday 7 May.

Dennis, a retired labourer who worked all his life before being diagnosed as diabetic which has affected his mobility, has the Daily Star delivered to him each morning by his carer, after which he studies form before his carer returns to his home in Birmingham and takes his betting slip round to the Betfred shop on Alcester Road, South Maypole.

He said: “For 17 years I’ve been with Betfred, putting on a bet most days – but only a small amount, usually a pound or so.

“I usually spend a couple of hours studying the form in the Daily Star, but for whatever reason this day it just took me 20 minutes.

“I’m going to get myself a new tracksuit – probably an Adidas one – and a new watch, but nothing too expensive.

“I’ve given a treat to my two carers and also to the staff at Betfred who have always looked after me.

“I don’t really go for holidays, especially in my condition, and I can’t drink because of my diabetes.

“I’ve had some wins, but nothing ever as much as this. I am very, very happy to have pulled off this bet of a lifetime.”

Betfred boss Fred Done said: “Dennis has well and truly picked my pocket with this one. He’s been with us many years, and I’m chuffed to bits that he’s won such a large amount from such a tiny stake.”

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