Prison Officer, Michael Elliott from Scotland, was this week announced as the winner of the biggest ever single prize on the Football Pools.
All the 56-year-old father had to do for this incredible payout was predict eight 2-2 draws in the Scottish, English and Spanish leagues.
A Football Pools spokesperson confirmed it is the first time in the 93-year history of the game that a single winner has scooped a payout in excess of £3 million.
Mr Elliott told the Daily Mail: ‘I cannot believe it. It is a dream come true. To say this is a life-changing experience, would be the understatement of the year.
‘I have played the Pools for many years and have won three times before although my biggest previous win was £32.
‘We are still in a state of shock and it’s going to take a little time before everything finally sinks in.’
Mr Elliott’s win was sealed by Clitheroe’s draw with Fylde in the England’s Evo Stik Premier League.
It is understood that he will now quit his job as a warder after 13 years working at Noranside open prison, near Forfar.
A keen golfer and fishermen, Mr Elliott said he plans to spend some of his winnings on a bigger boat to go fishing in the Scottish lochs.
But one thing he won’t be spending his winnings on is a flash car. A loyal devotee of Skoda, Mr Elliott plans to trade in his ten-year-old Octavia for a Skoda estate car.
His 34-year-old partner, Kirstina Fairweather, told the Scottish News of the World: ‘The mortgage payments on our home were so high that we feared we might have to sell it.
‘Now our money worries are over – and I am going to be planning a wedding.
‘During the summer I asked Michael if we could really afford the £2 a week cost of playing the Pools. I’m glad he kept playing it – that’s why I love him.’
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