Dad wins Betfred's biggest-ever jackpot of £5.4m with £1.40 bet
A dad-of-three is on cloud nine after becoming Betfred's biggest ever winner.
Michael Clark, from Newcastle, found himself bored of the repeats showing on TV during the post-Christmas period, so he decided to have a go on the King Kong Cashpots slots game. And within half an hour, the 32-year-old's life had been changed forever.
"I was on it for probably 20 or 30 minutes or so and just kept on winning until I found myself playing for the jackpot," Michael recalled.
"At first I thought we'd won £5,000, which was a great amount, but then I realised there were more numbers showing on my phone.
"I just couldn't believe that I'd actually won so much. We thought it must have been a mistake at first, and then we started hugging each other when we realised it was real.
"I just couldn't stop crying, and there was no way I was going to go to sleep that night having won such an enormous amount of money."
Understandably, Michael has packed in his minimum wage job at a mental health unit, and he's been compiling a to-buy list.
This list includes a new and improved engagement ring for his fiancée Sherelle Pooley, who he's been engaged to since 2016, and getting a stairlift for his grandma.
As for him, he wants to get a Tesla - once he's learnt how to drive - and he's been eyeing up a six-bedroom house in the countryside, as well as a honeymoon in Jamaica.
Oh, and he wants to make sure they've got a nice spot to watch the Toon.
Michael said: "Season tickets for us both at Newcastle United are definitely on our wish list, or maybe even a match day box for we're true Geordies and the team under Eddie Howe are doing very well at the moment.
"We've been engaged for seven years, and we'll be replacing Sherelle’s engagement ring and getting something a lot more expensive than the £1,000 we spent in 2016.
"I might even buy myself a posh new watch. Everyone's calling me 'Micky Millions' now!
"It would be brilliant to have our wedding reception at St. James' Park. T
"The honeymoon will probably be in the Caribbean – maybe Jamaica – and we'll be travelling first class. Sherelle has never been on a plane so we're already sorting out a passport for her."