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Punter 'delirious' after Scoop6 win

A London-based credit controller has emerged as one of the three small-staking punters to have become Scoop6 millionaires over the weekend.

Betfred, which operates the Scoop6 after its purchase of the Tote, has also located an as-yet unnamed man who invested the minimum 2 in one of its shops and holds one of the eight tickets worth 1,342,599.

The credit controller was similarly a 2 punter and placed his bet in a Paddy Power branch on the King's Road in the capital.

He wishes to remain anonymous but is reported by the firm to be 58 and originally from Dundee.

Saturday's Scoop6 had amassed huge proportions after rolling over through 12 weeks and victory for the Alan King-trained Chatez in the Betfred Mobile Casino Silver Bowl Stakes at Haydock sparked celebrations, with 122 tickets still standing going into the final leg.

Each winning ticket is eligible to play for the bonus fund next Saturday, which stands at a further 5,481,763.

After checking the result from leg four, the Betfred Mind Blowing Scoop6 Today EBF Stallions Stakes, the credit controller could not find his selection, March, in the results.

But that filly had been withdrawn and the bet switched to the unnamed favourite, the successful Joyeuse.

The 58-year-old told Paddy Power: "Obviously I didn't expect too much from the Scoop6 and looking at that result I thought I'd lost but then I checked and I was absolutely delirious when I'd won."

The other tickets are held by a 6 punter from a Ladbrokes shop in Dublin, two who invest high stakes via the betting exchange Betfair, and three syndicates.

Last weekend, Ladbrokes punter Joe McGuire came within a length and a quarter of claiming just short of 7million for his 8 stake when denied in the last race of six in the bet at Catterick.

The winnings eclipse the previous record for a betting shop success of 1,132,657 by Stuart Boland in 2004, also on the Scoop6.