Luck runs out for Brazier

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A Mansfield Woodhouse gambler’s luck ran out at the weekend, when he failed to net a further £5.5m on the horses.

Wheelie-bin cleaner Craig Brazier scooped a massive £1.3m from a £2 stake that he placed at a betting shop in the town.

Last week, Chad reported how the 39-year-old won a total of £1,342,599 after he popped into his local Betfred branch and spent his last £2 on May’s bumper Scoop6 payout, following a visit to a fishing tackle shop.

The father-of-two was in the running to win a further £5.5m when he and seven other winners on the Scoop6 had a free bet on the bonus race at York at the weekend.

And despite the eventual winner offered Mr Brazier the chance to join him and two other gamblers in a syndicate to share the takings, he opted to go it alone, betting on Tumblewind to win the 2.50pm race.

Speaking after the race, Mr Brazier, who plans to return to work this week, said: ‘I have enjoyed every minute.

“It’s been absolutely brilliant and for a few seconds it looked like my pick Tumblewind had a great chance.

‘But I’d backed the winner too many times on the all weather without winning, so I’d never have picked it. They did well and we’re all happy.”

Mr Brazier became Mansfield’s latest millionaire after popping into a branch of the Betfred bookies in the town and betting his last £2, after spending the rest of his money on gear for a planned fishing trip.

Speaking at the time of his win last month, he said: “I’d spent most of my money on fishing gear, but I had £2 in my pocket so I nipped into the Betfred shop as I knew there was a huge rollover.

“It was only the third time I’d played the Scoop6 and I had four winners the week before.

“I went home to watch the racing and started panicking after I got three out of three.

“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 went absolutely berserk when he won and I was still up at 4am wondering if it had really happened.

“On Sunday I went fishing to let it all sink in, but all I caught was some sleep on the bank..”