Retired cake factory worker bags huge jackpot on £2 bet

Fred Fitton used to work the night shift packing parkin, Maderia, and fruit cakes – but today, life couldn’t be sweeter. The 69-year-old retired granddad from Bolton raked in a huge jackpot after making a bet of just GBP2. By guessing the bonus balls on three lotto draws correctly, he bagged a whopping GBP148,000.

Fred says he has no plans to travel the world with lucky windfall. : Bolton actress Ruth Madeley’s wheelchair ‘taken away by taxi driver’ who ‘knew she could walk’ But his camper van will get an upgrade before he hits the road for a holiday in Cornwall.

“I suppose once the Covid travel rules end I could go anywhere but I’m not interested. I like Scotland so will be off up there a few more times now but the place I really want to visit is Cornwall because amazingly at my age I have never been,” said Fred. The divorced father of two, won the Irish Lotto Bonus Ball Bonanza at Betfred – picking the bonus ball in each of the three draws in a day.

Staff at Park Cakes Bakery in Bolton oversee the production of 375 all-butter pies every minute

He opted for numbers 34,35 and 17 after studying the stats on how often the numbers are drawn – and beat odds of 74,087/1 when they all came out.

Fred has been on a lucky streak since retiring from the Park Cakes plant in Daubhill, Bolton, where he worked for 20 years initially as a forklift truck driver and then packing cakes. In the last year he’s picked up GBP9,000 on the Euro Lottery – and last month GBP100 on the horses with Betfred. “I don ‘t drink nowadays but had a little shandy to toast myself on the win which is a cracking amount,” he said.

“I’ve not really started to think about what I’m going to do with all this money. “I have told some friends and neighbours about my win and will be taking them out – and then there is my first love holidays in my camper van. “I have just bought one van off my brother which will be fine for the time being – and then I will get myself a new one.

“Not at the moment, though, with the prices so high as people are having to holiday in this country. “In a bit the prices will come down when people start flying off abroad again – and I should get a decent one for GBP30,000 or so.”

He added: “It’s a cracking amount of money which has set me up for the rest of my life. I have my little bungalow where I’m very happy…and everything is good.”

Betfred boss Fred Done said: “This proves you can win big from tiny stakes at Betfred…and I’m particularly pleased to be paying out to another Fred!

“I do like a traditional Cornish pastie so perhaps I can expect a treat when Fred fulfils his lifetime ambition and heads off to the fine county of Cornwall.”