Brexit backers bet on Trump

Brexiters back Trump

While most people around the world are nervous, to say the least, at the prospect of a Trump presidency, some Brits are jubilant.

Bookies say that they took several massive bets on the Republican candidate, with punters now set to net tens of thousands of pounds - if not more.

Property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz, 60, will be collecting £1.2 million, says Metro, after betting £350,000 with Betfair and Spreadex.

And according to online news site TheNominant.com, one Brit placed a £20,000 bet on Trump becoming the next US president - after clearing up on the Brexit referendum result this summer. Both the Brexit and election bets were placed at odds of 9/2.

Meanwhile, William Hill says it had £37,000 placed on Trump at a Nottingham branch - believed to be the punter's first ever bet.

"He came into the branch last evening, bet £15,000, then returned a little later to bet another £22,000," a spokesperson tells the Nottingham Post. "Both bets were at 7/4, for a possible profit of £64,750."

Partly because of these bets, William Hill changed its odds to 13/8. They are the biggest bets the firm has had on a Trump win, although not the biggest of the election: it's had two bets on Hillary Clinton of £488,000 and £183,200. Most bets, it says, were on Trump.

And according to Betfair, many of these Trump bets came from Brexit backers.

"Brexit is still firmly in bettors' minds and those who made a killing from the result in June are backing Trump to come through for them again, with over 67% of Brexit backers putting their faith in Trump," says spokesperson Barry Orr.

On the day of the election, Betfair was giving Clinton a 73% chance of winning, with Trump on just 23%. But it was still a big improvement in his fortunes, with bookies offering odds of 100/1 just 18 months ago.

"The antics around this US election has just been something else and as a result of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, the money is pouring in for Trump to win on the 8th November, with one brave punter putting a £20k bet on it," said Alexander Kostin of TheNominant.com ahead of the result.

"And with millions of pounds matched already, this US election is well on course to become the biggest political betting event of all-time; and rather frightening for the betting industry as should Trump win, they're facing the biggest political payout ever."

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Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire scooped 161 million in the EuroMillions draw after several rollovers in 2011. They are the biggest British lottery winners in history.

Adrian Bayford, who won an astonishing £148m on the Euromillions with his wife Gillian, had to shut up the music shop he owns, because people targeted it with requests for money.
One British ticket won  £113,019,926 in October 2010 but decided not to go public.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter scooped a staggering £107.9 million jackpot on the Euromillions lottery in March 2014.
Dave and Angela Dawes won £101 million on the EuroMillions in 2011. It was only the third time the couple, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, had played the lottery. The couple are said to have since split up.
The sum was won in May 2010 but the winner kept their identity a secret.
One lucky British ticket-holder picked up a £81million EuroMillions rollover but remained anonymous.

Nigel Page and Justine Laycock from Cirencester bagged a £56 million jackpot back in February 2011. On winning the jackpot, Page said: 'I'd already checked my National Lottery account and had seen I'd won £55 on Lotto when I decided to buy two Lucky Dips for the big EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.'

One lucky winner won shy of 50 million but chose to remain anonymous.

Les and Sam Scadding from Newport, South Wales, and a syndicate of seven Liverpudlian call-centre workers shared a staggering £91 million in November 2009. Les, an unemployed mechanic, was £68 overdrawn on the day he bought his ticket, while the Liverpool syndicate only started playing EuroMillions together four months before their win.

Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked £45 million after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February 2012. The Iceland supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, following the Lucky Dip win.

Husband and wife Gareth and Catherine Bull have fairly modest spending plans despite their £40.6 million jackpot win in January. Speaking about what she planned to do now that she was rich, Catherine explained that she intended to use part of their winnings to replace the carpet on her upstairs landing...

Angela Kelly became one of the biggest lottery winners in UK history back in 2007, after scooping a £35 million EuroMillions jackpot. This is estimated to earn £5,000 a day in interest alone, meaning she's unlikely to ever be short of cash.

In June 2009, 74-year-old Brian Caswell got the surprise of his life when he took his lottery ticket to his local newsagent and discovered he'd won almost £25 million.

Belfast housewife Iris Jeffrey, 58, was the lucky holder of the record 20.1 million rollover lottery winning ticket back in 2004.

Jeffrey, 58, a cancer sufferer, only realised three weeks after the draw took place that she had won the  jackpot after organisers Camelot pleaded for the person holding the prize ticket to come forward and claim the prize.

Stephen Smith and his wife Ida from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, won nearly 19 million in the National Lottery. Mr Smith said he would give up his winnings if he could have his health and the chance to live a longer life with his wife.
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