Builder Wins £50,000 On Bet Minutes After Handing Back £30 From ATM

by : UNILAD on : 29 Nov 2017 18:07

What goes around comes around, as they say.


Karma made a very extravagant appearance for builder Colin Banks, who won almost £50,000 soon after he handed in £30 he found at a cash machine.

The fact handing in the £30 is being hailed such a heroic move is probably quite reflective of our society, but this isn’t exactly the point.

The 50-year-old, from Scotland, was with his daughter when he saw the bank notes sticking out of a cash point at Asda in Motherwell, before he immediately handed the cash into the store.


His honesty seemingly paid off, (or it’s just coincidental timing), either way, Colin celebrated the huge pay out after beating odds of 372,000-1 in a £1.50 bet.

The dad-of-two said to the Daily Record:

I was curious and went back into the supermarket on Sunday and the same member of staff I had handed the £30 to was on duty.

She said the lad had been back in and was very grateful. I suppose one good turn deserves another.

They say honesty is the best policy and it certainly was for me.

I have a big family and I’m now going to make sure we all have a brilliant time this Christmas – the best, we as a family, have ever had.

Colin is a regular at the Betfred shop and said he’d ‘been having a go on virtual racing for six months’.


Colin backed Richardson Lakes, Rifle Bore, Granary Loaf and Soviet Fighter, who won within 36 minutes of each other at starting prices of 28-1, 20-1, 50-1 and 11-1.

Colin continued:

I have been having a go on virtual racing for six months. It’s amazing really to win so much from just a £1.50 bet.

My first choice, Richardson Lakes, was because I have a nephew called Richard.

I have regularly backed Rifle Bore. The other two were random choices.


Colin staked £1.50 on a 10p Lucky 15 – a series of 10p single, double and accumulator bets.

Betfred boss Fred Done said:

Christmas has come early for Colin. Congratulations on emptying my pocket so quickly with such a tiny stake.

This was one of the biggest virtual horse racing wins in our 50-year history.

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It was only 30 minutes after Colin’s honest deed that he came into the small fortune and he’s spent it on ‘more than one glass’ of wine as well as splashing out on an £8,500 Ford Focus.

Colin’s daughter Zoe told the Daily Record:

There was a young couple behind us at the cash machine in Asda.

They saw what was happening and actually said good times were coming our way because we’d done the right thing… and that’s what happened.

Who would imagine half an hour later dad would be £50,000 better off?

We were listening to a debate on the radio on the way home about people leaving money behind at cash machines and we were joking about it just happening to us.


I mean, it’s highly probable this was just a timing thing, but it’s more fun to brand it as karma.

Congratulations Colin!

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