A gambler from Burnley won £47,000 at the Cheltenham Festival after placing £7 bet on Gold Cup day.
Dave Parsons said the win - from a four-horse accumulator - was the big one for which he had been waiting a lifetime and vowed to buy his wife a vacuum cleaner after paying off the mortgage.
Mr Parsons, of Lancashire, said: “I have waited all my life for this. I kept saying ‘I will get it one day‘, most punters do. The Friday morning I went in with £20 in my wallet and by Friday afternoonI had £47,000 in my pocket.
“It is absolutely amazing. It has not sunk in yet. When I showed Kath the cheque she was shocked. We are going to pay off all our debts and our mortgage which will leave me with around £30,000.
“We are going to book a holiday somewhere nice and I am going to buy Kath a new hoover.”
Mr Parsons put a “lucky 31” bet on Tiger Roll at 10-1, Very Wood at 40-1, Don Poli at 12-1 and Savello at 28-1.
He watched as the first three horses powered home to victory – which had guaranteed him £1,400. But then he was sent into raptures as he listened on the radio to Savello storm through the field to win him the grand prize.
He said: “I could not believe what the commentator was saying when Savello was coming through to win. Can you imagine being sat at home and winning £47,000? I ran out into the street screaming. I had to get someone I knew to check it was real.”
The £47,000 was the largest sum ever paid out at the Paddy Power bookmakers in Accrington where he bought the ticket.