Lucky grandad wins £2,686 from 3p stake on Scottish football matches


An 85-year-old grandad has pocketed more than £2,600 after placing just 3p on a bet at his local bookmaker.

Janus “George” Wagonback beat odds of 90,000/1 to land the amazing windfall last week.

He put his 3p bet – a stake so small it would not usually be allowed by Betfred – on a 10-fold accumulator, eventually claiming winnings of £2,686.04.

The list of bets included a string of Scottish football matches.

He bet that all 10 matches in his accumulator – Dundee-Dundee United, Hibernian-Hearts, Ross County-Aberdeen, St Mirren-Motherwell, Millwall-Preston, Wimbledon-Cheltenham, Bradford-Leyton Orient, Colchester-Rochdale, Swindon-Crawley and a World Cup Qualifier between Lebanon and Iraq – would be draws, at odds just short of 90,000-1.

Janus, from Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, said: “I’ve had some significant wins on the football over the years, much bigger than this one.

Janus is originally from Budapest in Hungary but moved to the UK as a political refugee in the 1950s.

“But then again, I usually bet more than 3p, which is basically loose change that I had in my pocket.”

Betfred normally operates with a minimum stake of 5p, but were happy to make an exception for Janus as he is a regular customer.

Describing the Scottish fixtures he explained: “I was confident the Scottish games would all be draws, as they often are up there.

“I didn’t know I’d won until I checked the paper the next day.

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“I did feel good, but can’t jump around much these days – only little jumps.”

Janus is originally from Budapest in Hungary but moved to the UK as a political refugee in the 1950s.

He is an experienced chess player, having represented his club in Mansfield, and was also named Mr Nottingham in 1969 on the back of his fitness and body-building exploits.

He is an experienced chess player, having represented his club in Mansfield.

He said: “I have always been a winner because I set my mind to achieve things.

“My ambition is to skin Betfred for a million.”

Betfred boss Fred Done said: “I’ve been in this business for over 50 years, and cannot remember anyone winning so much from just three pence.

“It is a truly remarkable win, with him beating odds of virtually 90,000/1.”

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