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Racing punter turns £2 into £1.4 million

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A heating engineer became a millionaire at the races despite only spending a measly £2.

Steve Whiteley got a free ticket to the Exeter Races and used his bus pass to get to the course.

At the races, the 60-year-old spent £2 on the Tote Jackpot and successful picked all six of the day's winners to win a whopping £1.4 million jackpot.

The massive win came on the day of his partner Jill's 53rd birthday but, despite the big win, Whiteley said he would not be buying her a present.

"I'm not getting her a present now - I've already got her a 65p card," said the father of two from North Tawton, Devon.

"I'm not really a gambling man. I phoned up today and it was free so I used my bus pass to get here.

"I won't be giving up work as I still have a few jobs to do before we go away on holiday to Australia to see some of Jill's family."

Whiteley's win was confirmed when 12-1 shot Lupita, ridden by Jessica Lodge, won the final race of the day.

"Lodge was a name that was hanging in my head," he said, when explaining his final pick.

Whiteley's selections were:

Semi Colon 2/1 fav

Black Phantom 12-1

Ammunition 16-1

Mr Bennett 16-1

Lundy Sky 5-1

Lupita 12-1

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