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Although the chances of making a big win on an accumulator are not that high, we do not need to stake very much money to create an opportunity of winning a life changing amount. The chances of winning a significant amount of money on an accumulator bet are often very much higher than our chances of winning on the lottery, and most of us do not begrudge buying lottery tickets at least occasionally.

Steve Whiteley had the right idea. He is the plumber who won £1,445,671 for a stake of only £2; that really is a return. Steve had placed a six way accumulator and had predicted the six winners in the Tote jackpot at Exeter racecourse.

He had selected the following horses: Semi Colon at 2 to1, Black Phantom at 12 to1, Ammunition at 16-1, Mr Bennett at 16 to 1, Lundy Sky at 5 to 1 and Lupita 12 to 1. It is estimated that the chances of getting all of them right was around 900,000 to 1. In fact this is the largest ever tote jackpot win.

Another record breaker was John Jelley who became the biggest accumulator winner aged over 65. In fact John was 88 years old when he made the win; £350,000 for a £9 stake. He had placed a five horse each-way accumulator, and remarkably his selection included a horse that was running at Wincanton at 66/1.

He watched the races on television, but fell asleep in front of the box so he never got to see the final results. It was not until he visited the bookmaker the following day to place another bet that he found out that he was a rich man; not bad for someone who started betting on the horses only three years ago.

In fact both John and Steve are perfect examples of how to bet on accumulators. Neither of them considered that there was a high chance of winning, so they bet their money for a bit of fun and simply trusted to fate. Of course it was more difficult for Steve as he was at the course and had to endure the tension of the final race; but John was able to just sleep through the experience.

With all of that said the grand national is edging closer so you would be silly not to check out the latest betting offers for this years National!

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