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Scottish prison warder rakes in 3 million on football pools – SportsUntapped.com
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Added October 11th, 2010 by Steve

Scottish prison warder rakes in 3 million on football pools
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Big winners in football pools come around about as often as Halley’s Comet. But it might be hard to convince 56-year-old Michael Elliot of that as the prison officer from Brechin, Angus, Scotland just won over three million pounds after picking off eight 2-2 draws in the English, Spanish, and Scottish leagues on a £2 bet in September.

Elliot’s winnings of £3,001,511 are the biggest football pools prize in history. Elliot, who originally hails from Canterbury in Kent, said it was a dream come true and pretty hard to believe. He said the most he’s ever won on the pools before in all the years he’s played them was just £32. Pools officials said it’s the first time in the pools’ 87-year history that a single winner has won over £3 million. The previous biggest jackpot win was reportedly £2,924,622, which was won by a group in Manchester back in 1994.

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Elliot is a former member of the British Armed Forces where he served for 20 years before taking a job as a prison warder at Noranside open prison 13 years ago. Not surprisingly, he quit his job after finding he had hit it big in the pools.

He said he and his partner were afraid they may have had to sell their house because the mortgage payments were so high, but all their financial worries are now over and they plan on getting married soon. His girlfriend even asked him recently if they could afford the £2 a week to play the pools.

Elliott said his future plans also include purchasing a bigger boat so he can fish in the Scottish lochs.

Playing the pools has been a favourite pastime of British soccer fans for decades now as the first competition, known as Littlewoods Football Pools was launched way back in 1923. Since then there have been several other football pools competitions open on the market. There are now various types of pools available throughout Europe as well as an online variation.

 
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