Bin cleaner nets £1.3 million from £2 bet

The winners celebrate

Craig Brazier, a 39-year old wheelie bin cleaner from Mansfield Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire, is celebrating after winning an incredible £1.3 million on a £2 bet. He successfully guessed the winners of six selected horse races and shared a £10 million pot with seven other winners.

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The BBC reported that Brazier bet the money in the Scoop6 competition with BetFred, in which gamblers have to predict all six winners or they take home nothing and the jackpot rolls over to the next week.

He said he only placed the bet because he had £2 left over after buying fish bait. The final race was last Saturday, and even as it began his wife predicted that his sixth horse would lose because 'you're not lucky enough to win that.'

He told The Mirror: "My last horse Chatez runs for Alan King, my favourite-ever trainer. I couldn't see the telly because I was running round the room riding the horse. I thought I'd have a heart attack."

Back to work

Brazier has said he's going to be sensible with the money. He originally thought he'd like to buy a racehorse, but after researching the costs he decided to buy a bigger house for his wife and two children instead, and take them on holiday to Florida. One daughter has said she'd like a pair of trainers and the other wants a new desk. He said he and his wife Tracy will keep their jobs.

A bonus race this weekend could take his winnings to £5 million.

Working winners

The decision to keep his job is something the experts recommend after a big win. They say not to make any major decisions, and to keep everything the same until you have a chance to digest the news.

The couple join a long line of sensible people who decided they needed to work after a win. Last October we reported the story of Grandmother Jean Swatman from Lowestoft in Suffolk, who won £2 million on the National Lottery, and said she wouldn't give up her job making doughnuts for Morrisons. She continues to get up at 5.30am, four mornings a week.

In November, Ron Elliott from Sutton in Surrey said he would continue working at a care home after winning £8 million on the National Lottery - despite the fact that at the age of 67 most people would have stopped work anyway. He said he wouldn't give up, because people were relying on him - but he might take a holiday.

In May last year, Jan Parfitt, a district nurse from Pontardawe near Swansea, won £1 million on the Euromillions raffle. She was sleeping off a night shift when her husband told her about the win, and at the time says she couldn't stop laughing. However, hours later, she was back at work on the night shift, and said she had no plans to give up work.

Even those who give up work sometimes feel the need to return. Luke Pittard from Wales won £1.3 million in 2006, but after buying a house, taking a holiday and getting married, he returned to work as a trainer for McDonald's. He said: "To be honest, there's only so much relaxing you can do."

However, there are also those who cannot leave fast enough. They include the 12 bus drivers from Northamptonshire who won a share of £38 million one night and not one showed up for work the following morning. Then there were the 10 workers at a Liverpool recruitment agency who all failed to show up for work after winning a share of £28 million last July.

But what do you think? Would you carry on working?
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