Landing the whole Scoop6 Win pool on your own is one thing, but doing it by staking just £8 is another, but that is the fortune that befell one lucky punter.
Tina, from Somerset, as she would like to be known, placed a four-line Scoop6 bet in a Ladbrokes shop last Saturday, only for her speculative shot at the pot to land her a whopping £109,489.10.
“I can’t quite believe it,” Tina told Tote.
“I don’t know whether I’m coming or going at the moment!”
Not only did the win come as a surprise to Tina, but she very nearly didn’t place the bet in the first place, and probably has her husband to thank for the reminder!
“My husband asked me if I was going to do the Scoop6 and as I was in a rush to go out I didn’t know if I had time. Luckily he said that he was going to the bookies and would place the bet for me if I made my picks quickly.”
And that was that, the bet was placed in the couple’s local Ladbrokes store and Tina moved onto other matters, blissfully unaware of what was unfolding at Haydock and Sandown.
“Although I do it every week, I don’t tend to check it and I had no idea that we were doing well as I wasn’t watching the racing.
“When my husband told me I had won I thought ‘don’t be silly’, but he said ‘you’ve won every race, I’ve checked it three times!’”
For Tina and her husband, winning the Scoop6 is nothing new, with a bumper pot going his way 11 years ago with the big Saturday bet.
As for her winning selections, Tina confessed to using the tips from a national newspaper for her main line, but it was two of her favourite jockeys that made all the difference.
“I follow the Mail for some picks, and then for the two bigger races I normally have one more horse.
“For those races I chose the two I did [Magical Morning and Alounak] because I like Frankie Dettori and I like Silvestre De Sousa.”
It’ll be interesting to see who Tina sides with in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket on Saturday in a race that could win her the £88,121 Bonus pool, with both Dettori and De Sousa booked for rides in the competitive handicap.
Our winner, though, isn’t thinking that far ahead.
“That’s not going to happen is it! It could be absolutely anybody, so I’m not getting my hopes up, I’m just very happy with what I have got.”
How to spend the six-figure sum she has already landed hasn’t been decided in Tina’s mind, but she has a few ideas.
“I’ve got children and a couple of grandchildren so I will obviously share it with them a bit but other than that I haven’t got any solid plans for it, although I suspect we’ll book a holiday when we’re allowed.”
Pick the winner of the Bunbury Cup this weekend and it might just be that the holiday gets just that little bit more exotic!
All at the Tote wish Tina the best of luck in the Bonus race on Saturday and congratulate her on her win.