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50p punter wins 1m on birthday
Fred Craggs with his display cheque
Fred Craggs staked 50p on eight horses to win 1m

A fertiliser salesman from North Yorkshire has come forward to claim his 1m winnings - amassed through a 50p eight-horse accumulator bet.

Fred Craggs, from Thirsk, found he had hit the bonanza on his 60th birthday at the weekend, but sat through a family meal without telling anyone.

He beat odds of two million to one when all his horses came home on Saturday.

A William Hill spokesman said the bet was "the most amazing ever" since betting shops were made legal in 1961.

Mr Craggs placed his bet last Friday in a William Hill shop in Thirsk.

He needed all eight horses to win - from the first horse called Isn't That Lucky, to the last horse called A Dream Come True.

I've never spent more than the price of a packet of cigarettes on a bet
Fred Craggs

But he only discovered he was a millionaire when he went to place another bet in Bedale on Saturday.

"I had quite a glowing feeling in the shop but none of the other customers seemed to notice."

"I've never spent more than the price of a packet of cigarettes on a bet so it is very surprising that I won this much money."

William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said: "We are delighted that the wait to discover the identity of our fortunate client is now over, and that he has been in touch and arranged to receive his winning cheque - we can now put him forward for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records."

And he added: "Mr Craggs does follow form, but also uses his own instinct to make his final selections - that instinct was certainly spot on this occasion."

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