The Football pools, or simply Pools as they are commonly known, are a hugely popular way of gambling in the UK.
The idea of the pools is based on predicting the outcome of a number of top level football matches set to take place in the coming week and it seems that there is a chance to win big on the pools.
Just last year, a prison officer scooped the largest ever pool prize of £3million after staking just £2. Michael Elliott, who is 56 and lives in Brechin in Angus, netted a cool of £3,001,511 by predicting eight 2-2 draws in the Scottish, English and Spanish leagues.
And according to the organisers of the company behind the win, The Football Pools, it is the first time in the 87-year history of the Pools that a single winner has scooped a record payout in excess of £3 million. Mr Elliott described it as a “dream come true”.
He said: “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.”
And according to Pools director Jon Sheehy, Mr Elliot wasn’t the only big winner this year. He said:
“Indeed, 2010 is turning out to be a bumper year for The Football Pools. We have created millionaires north and south of the border already this year.”
But perhaps the most famous winner of the pools has to be Viv Nicholson who won £152,319 (equivalent to about £3 million in today’s money) in 1961 and announced to the press that she was going to “spend, spend, spend”.
After her husband was killed in a car crash her fortune gradually disappeared and her life story was even turned into a musical called “Spend, Spend, Spend” which ran in the West End.
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