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Man Cashes Betting Slip From 1974

Man Cashes Betting Slip From 1974

A winning Grand National bet has been cashed in 43 years late after a man found the betting slip while sorting through his late father-in-law’s house.

Bob Holmes while looking through paperwork found the slip, which backed Red Rum to win in 1974. It is thought to be the oldest bet cashed in. Holmes contacted William Hill and the bookmaker confirmed that the slip, placed at odds of 11/1, had not been cashed. They agreed to pay out on the bet, adjusted for inflation. Holmes has been given £130 as well as a further £130 to bet on last week’s Grand National. Furthermore, the bookmaker donated to his favourite charity WaterAid.

Holmes said that he doesn’t know why his father-in-law didn’t cash the slip but suspected that he lost it. William Hill confirmed that the bet was placed at its Paisley branch and said that they will always do their best to honour bets no matter how long ago they were placed.

OCA News Editor