Ballater man wins £750,000 on pools after playing for 45 years

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A Deeside man has netted more than £750,000 after striking lucky in the Football Pools.

Ballater’s Ed Bloor, who has been playing the pools for over forty five years, received his cheque from Aberdeen FC manager Craig Brown as part of a VIP evening at Pittodrie last week, where he watched the Dons ease to a 1-0 Scottish League Cup victory over Dundee.

Mr Bloor said: “I have been playing the Pools since I was 17 and you just never think that this is going to happen to you, but it does!”

The former Ministry of Defence worker, who lives in Monaltrie Crescent, added: “I think I will make some improvements to my house and treat my family first whilst I think what to do with the rest of the money.

“I have always enjoyed playing the Pools, especially because I know that I don’t even need to check my entries – they let me know when I have won.

“When the people from The Football Pools came to see me, I was just so shocked and wasn’t sure whether to believe it or not. It came as an amazing surprise.”

A combination of inspired substitutions and last gasp goals ensured Mr Bloor was one of four Football Pools winners on the opening day of the campaign.

A total of nine high-score draws meant that Mr Bloor and three other English winners all scooped cheques in excess of £750,000 as part of a bumper £3 million pay-out.

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown said: “It was a pleasure to hand over such a large cheque to Ed - that he’s a Scotsman and an Aberdeen fan is a real bonus.

“I understand that the first ever Pools triple millionaire came from Scotland too last year so we’re clearly onto something up here.”

Last year Brechin’s Michael Elliott became the first ever Pools triple millionaire when he scooped over £3million.

On the opening day of this season, nine games finished in high score draws and incredibly, ten of the goals were scored in the last ten minutes.

Games in the Scottish Football Leagues contributed to the Pools win, with a Livingston comeback goal in the 85th minute and a 78th minute equaliser for Cowdenbeath, both leading to 2-2 draws.

Jon Sheehy, Director of The Football Pools, said: “We are delighted for Ed and our latest three big winners and are proud to be continuing The Football Pools legacy of creating big winners across the length and breadth of the UK, a tradition that has continued for nearly 90 years.

“Paying out over £3 million in one weekend at the beginning of the football season is a tremendous start and it is great to see so many new and long standing customers winning.”

Ed’s winning selections for Saturday 6th August were:

Burnley v Watford (2-2)        

Middlesbrough v Portsmouth (2-2)

Reading v Millwall (2-2)        

MK Dons v Hartlepool (2-2)     

Port Vale v Crawley  (2-2)      

Torquay v Burton Albion (2-2)    

Dunfermline v Inverness CT (3-3)     

Livingston v Queen of the South (2-2)    

Forfar v Cowdenbeath (2-2)