Record-breaking UK Football Pool jackpot landed on weekend

25 November, 2013 –  In this, its 90th anniversary year, The Football Pools are delighted to announce another record-breaking weekend, as a player scooped over £440,000 on a 12-fixture predictor game.

This weekend, the winning player on Jackpot 12 successfully predicted the outcome of 12 games. French Ligue 1 game, Sochaux v Bastia, was to determine the size of his win, as two players went into the last game with the chance to win a share of the jackpot. One player had backed Sochaux to win, the other had covered the draw and the away win. Sochaux’s 74th minute equaliser gave the winning player some concerns, but they were unable to take advantage of the momentum and take a win. The resulting draw secured him as a single winner of £441,605.

Former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who was part of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team and is a Football Pools ambassador, had urged football fans to try their luck last weekend and one lucky player won the biggest prize in Jackpot 12’s history – £441,605.

Banks was delighted to hear about the big winner. “This weekend Jackpot 12 featured matches from the Premier League, the Championship, SPL, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga and the Pool size grew to a record high of over £600,000. It was great to see a winner and it shows the Football Pools still has the magic, continuing to create big winners from stakes as little as 50p.”

Over the past nine decades, The Football Pools, an iconic British brand, has paid out £3.2 billion in prize money to over 61 million winning customers. With a Top Prize on the Classic Pools of £3 Million every game, there are always lots of chances to win big for their loyal customers.

Jackpot 12 and many other games, including the Classic Pools game, can be played at www.footballpools.com.

New players who register, deposit and spend £25, get a free £25 bet.

The weekend results contributing to the win:

Fulham

    Swansea

1-2

Birmingham

    Blackpool

1-1

Blackburn

    Reading

0-0

Bournemouth

    Derby

0-1

Ipswich

    Leicester

1-2

Leeds

    Middlesbrough

2-1

Evian

    Lorient

0-4

Rennes

   Bordeaux

1-1

Sochaux

   Bastia

1-1

B Dortmund

   B Munich

0-3

Hearts

   Ross C

2-2

Kilmarnock

   Motherwell

0-2

  • The Football Pools is owned and operated by Sportech PLC, one of the world’s leading pools and tote gaming companies. Sportech has a presence in over 30 countries, and every year, process over $13 billion (£8 billion) in pools and tote bets.
  • The Football Pools business is the world’s oldest football gaming company. Founded in 1923, outside the world famous Old Trafford football stadium, The Football Pools has been based in Liverpool, in the North West of England since that day.
  • Over the past nine decades, this iconic British brand has paid out £3.2 billion in prize money to over 61 million winning customers. The Football Pools is proud to be the UK’s favourite football gaming brand with over 350,000 customers every week across a number of channels including postal, telephone, via collector, retail and online.
  • The Football Pools has always been committed to leaving a lasting legacy, not only for its millions of winning customers, but also through its support of good causes. £1.3 billion in donations have been made to sport, the arts and charitable initiatives.
  • Over the last four decades, hundreds of millions of pounds has been donated by the Football Pools to Football providing an essential lifeline when the game’s wealth was a fraction of what it enjoys today. This enabled clubs to re-build, modernise and make their grounds safer, as well as helping the game tackle some of its social problems. This legacy can be seen in the scores of new and rebuilt stadiums in all parts of the UK – from Huddersfield, Sunderland, Reading and Bolton to Chester, Derby, Inverness, Livingston and Scotland’s Hampden Park – none of which would have been built in the 1980s and 1990s without Football Pools assistance.
  • Since 2009, The Football Pools strengthened its commitment to British football, by partnering the Football Leagues across several charitable initiatives, with the objective of improving the lifestyles of fans within the Football Club’s communities. Over 100 clubs were actively involved in community projects funded by The Football Pools.
  • This year, The Football Pools celebrates its 90th Season. To mark this incredible milestone, the company is continuing its support of good causes, donating £50,000 to two grass-roots football clubs in its 90 Day Community Challenge and by developing The Street Games Football Pools Fives project, which has seen great success in its inaugural year. The Football Pools plan to donate further substantial amounts to fund more community grass roots projects across the UK.

To play The Football Pools please visit www.footballpools.com or call 0800 500 000 for further information.

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