A lucky player from Newcastle won £5.4m at Betfred
One night, Michael Clark was just casually playing one of his favourite online slots, King Kong Cashpots, when he happened to trigger the jackpot (also known as Jackpot King). What started as a £1.40 bet turned into a £5.4 million payout for the dad of three.
This all happened at Betfred Casino and came as a surprise to the winner who initially thought he'd just won £5,000. The £5.4 million win also happened to be the biggest payout ever at the slot site setting a new record.
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“Thought it must have been a mistake,” says Clark
Michael Clark is just an everyday man from Newcastle who works at a minimum wage job at a mental health unit, whilst his partner, Sherelle, works as a carer for her grandmother. Both grew up on a council estate and worked hard to build a life together.
After finding nothing to watch on television, Clark decided to play on King Kong Cashpots with Sherelle by his side. He said that he was playing the game for about 20 to 30 minutes and just kept on winning.
Clark said: “We thought it must have been a mistake at first, and then we started hugging each other when we realised it was real. I just couldn’t stop crying, and there was no way I was going to go to sleep that night having won such an enormous amount of money."
“We’re just two very lucky people,” says Clark
With his winnings, Clark plans to take a break from work whilst treating his family. He wants to start by replacing Sherelle's engagement ring and then work towards planning a grand wedding reception as well as a honeymoon to Jamaica.
Alongside this, he plans to upgrade his wardrobe, buy season tickets for Newcastle United, buy a new Tesla car and purchase his “forever home in the countryside” with Sherelle.
In response to the win, Clark said: “what a start we’ve had to 2023. I’m absolutely determined that we don’t waste the money, so that not just us but the next generations of our family can also flourish.”
“It’s just unbelievable what has happened to us – a total transformation of our lives. To be starting 2023 as not just a millionaire but a multi-millionaire has blown my mind. I can’t thank Betfred enough…it’s massively appreciated what they have done for us.”
“We’re just two very lucky people who were brought up on a council estate and went to comprehensive school, but have always tried to be kind to others… and now we are rich beyond our dreams.”
“The most worthy of winners,” says Betfred
Betfred boss, Fred Done, contacted Clark personally to give his congratulations and order some champagne for the couple. Done also added: “This proves nice guys can win. Michael is the most worthy of winners. It is brilliant news for this smashing couple who have proved you can win big at Betfred from the tiniest of stakes.”
Blueprint Gaming, the creator behind King Kong Cashpots, also commented on the win by saying: “News of life-changing wins like this is always a happy read but even more so when it is courtesy of one of our games. Knowing that the winner is as deserving as he and his family clearly are, makes it that much more special.”
“We’re ecstatic that a Blueprint creation has played a part in this and wish the winner and his family a lifetime of happiness.”