Warder wins £3m fortune on the pools

A prison officer was yesterday revealed as the winner of Britain's largest Football Pools prize.

Michael Elliott, a 56-year-old father, of Brechin in Angus, netted a record jackpot of 3,001,511 by predicting eight 2-2 draws in the Scottish, English and Spanish leagues.

Officials said it is the first time in the 87-year history of the Pools that a single winner has scooped a record payout in excess of 3m.

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Mr Elliott said: "To say this is a life-changing experience, would be the understatement of the year." It is understood he has now quit his job as a warder after 13 years at Noranside open prison, near Forfar.

A keen golfer and fishermen, he plans to spend some of his winnings on a boat to go fishing in the Scottish lochs.

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