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Punter lands ‘bet of a lifetime’ after winning more than £20,000 from just £1

A PUNTER who staked a bet every day for 17 years is celebrating his ‘win of a lifetime’ – after netting £20,000 from £1.

Dennis Waldron, who has mobility issues due to his diabetes, went through the card at Nottingham two weeks ago.

The punter scooped the massive payout after finding seven straight winners at Nottingham

He reeled off the 20,000-1 punt after sending his carer down to the local bookies to put the bet on for him.

Waldron’s hot run started off with 9-2 Elixsoft before 11-8 Hebrides prevailed by a neck from 11-2 Hiya Maite in the next.

Tees Spirit did the job at 2-1 in the next, a Class 4 sprint over five furlongs for trainer Adrian Nicholls and jockey Connor Murtagh.

Grand Scheme came in at 4-1 in the following race and Pledge Of Honour made it five in a row with a win at odds of 6-1.

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Ermin Street was the biggest winner of the lot at 13-2 in the next before 3-1 Midnight Train landed the almighty gamble.

All in all his 50p each way poke returned a whopping £20,598.

Waldron, a retired labourer from Birmingham, told the Daily Star: “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 but for whatever reason this day it just took me 20 minutes.

“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.

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“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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