Pensioner wakes up from surgery to find wife has scooped £25k from 50p bet

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A pensioner recovered from a heart attack to find his wife had won £25,000 from a 50p bet.

Peter Smith, 70, underwent an operation at King's College Hospital in south London, after the medical episode in the early hours of Saturday, October 31.

His wife Winnie, also 70, was unable to visit him due to coronavirus restrictions but gave him a phone call after he came round from surgery.

She bet 50p on the 49's numbers game at her local Betfred shop in Sidcup, Kent.

All five of her numbers – 2, 8, 13, 24 and 32 – were based around their wedding day and family birthdays – and all of them came up.

Peter said: "It all happened in a few hours. I was rushed to hospital in an ambulance in the early hours and had my operation almost straight away.

"Then Winnie was on the phone as I was coming round five hours later to see how it had gone when she told me the amazing news. It did me a lot of good."

The couple, who have two children and three grandchildren, are planning to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in style next year with a VIP cruise to the Caribbean or the Maldives.

Winne had placed her 50p bet on Friday, just hours before her husband suffered a heart attack in the middle of the night.

She said: "I put the bet on like usual for the Saturday draw on the Friday and then in the early hours of Saturday Peter had his heart attack.

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"They knew what was wrong and more or less went straight in for the operation to fit stents at King's College Hospital at Denmark Hill.

"With all the Covid restrictions, I couldn't visit him but knew when I did speak to him by phone on the recovery ward I knew I would be able to cheer him up with the news that we were £25,000 better off."

She added: "I don't drink or smoke and just like to have a little flutter.

"It was the best news we could have had. We've got more money now for our new conservatory at home and enough to pay for the very best big holiday next year when it is our golden wedding anniversary and hopefully things are back to normal and people can travel once again."

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