We love a good news story at TheGameHunter, and they rarely come any better than this one! Inadvertently betting on different horses than the ones her disabled father had picked out is probably the best mistake Amber Galligan has ever made.

A slip of the pen enabled the young mum from Newcastle to convert a £2 stake into a cool £394,487 by winning the weekly Scoop6 bet – which involved picking the winners of six televised races.

Amber, 22, had placed the bet at a BetFred shop in the city on behalf of her father, Thomas, 53, who suffers from arthritis.

However, despite widespread publicity to find the winner of the huge jackpot, the pair had ruled themselves out as not all of Thomas’s predictions had won.

Amber only discovered the slip had won after the bonus race deadline had passed when she went into the BetFred shop in Benwell to place a fresh £2 bet for her dad.

She said: ‘I was at the counter when the assistant told me they’d been looking for me and I knew he wasn’t joking as he was so deadly serious. When he first told me that the bet had won, I thought it was the place part and might have been a few hundred pounds, not hundreds of thousands of pounds.”

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Thomas, who sleeps on the sofa at the family’s two-bedroomed council flat, said he now plans to splash out on a new house and take his children and grandchildren on a dream holiday.

What Is The Scoop6?

The Scoop6 is a Saturday horse racing pool bet where you try to pick the winner of six specified races to win either the entire pool or a share of it.

It’s easy to play at a number of online bookmakers and can be an exciting way to get involved in sports betting.

The Tote Scoop 6 is run by the Tote, a UK-based betting organization, and is one of the most popular pool bets in the world.

In order to play, you must select the winners of six races that are chosen by the Tote each week. If you correctly pick all six winners, you will win or share in the prize money for that week’s Scoop 6.

If no one picks all six winners, then any players who have picked five out of six will split a consolation prize.

Scoop 6 also has bonus funds which are added to the total prize money each week and can be won if you correctly pick all six winners. This bonus fund can increase significantly over time if it isn’t won.

What’s the Biggest Prize Won on the Scoop6?

Craig, a 39-year-old punter, bagged a share of the record-breaking £10,740,797 Scoop6 jackpot by correctly predicting the winners of all six races in the pool bet.

In his own words, he said: “I was going to buy more maggots but decided to do the Scoop6 instead and spent half an hour studying the form at the bookies.” he added:

“I want to buy a racehorse – trained by Alan King.”

Others who shared the record £10,740,797 jackpot have stayed anonymous. If you fancy taking your chances with Betfred, then have a bet online today!