11/10/2015 14:50 BST | Updated 11/10/2015 15:59 BST

Soldier Jon Heywood Scoops £13.2 Million From 25p Punt After Online Betting Win

Many of us have placed bets on the off chance of winning a few pounds.

But when Jon Heywood, a 27-year-old soldier from Cheshire, decided to place a 25p punt on betting site he thought little of it.

Until he received word he'd won an incredible £13,213,838.68 after a 'Mega Moolah' slot machine game ended in his favour, Sky News reported.

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A representative of hands Heywood, left, a cheque for his win

Heywood was stunned by the news on the 6 October, and had to keep quiet about the win for three days - even continuing to work in the meantime.

Now he says he'll use the money to support his father - who is waiting for crucial transplant surgery - and to provide him with "the best possible medical treatment".

Heywood told Press Association: "That's more important than anything. Family comes first and I'd give all this money back for him to be healthy again."

But there will be some luxury purchases too, including a flash Bentley sports car and a family cruise in the Mediterranean.

"I'm trying not to get carried away," he said, "I really don't know what else I'm going to buy with the money, apart from a yellow Bentley Continental GT.

"I never even dreamed of driving a Bentley, let alone owning one. I've got a Fiat Punto at the moment."

Heywood, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, said his mother "cried a little bit" when he told her the news.

The jackpot is also likely to be the largest from an online slot machine game, narrowly beating a win in Finland in 2013.


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