County Durham man Scott Clydesdale becomes millionaire - after betting £1 with Sky Vegas

Scott with his winnings.
Scott with his winnings.

A man from Durham turned £1 into £1.6 million in less than 23 minutes this week - by playing a slot game.

Scott Clydesdale, 40, a builder from Spennymoor, was using a £20 Sky Vegas bonus when he struck gold, turning £1 into £1,627,168 with just 125 spins.

The Spennymoor man celebrates his win!

The Spennymoor man celebrates his win!

Scott became the third Sky Vegas millionaire this year, following similar successes from Emma, a nurse from Stockton Tees, who won from a 20p spin, and Kristian De Moura Portugal from Hemel Hempstead.

With a national average salary of £26,500 it would take more than 60 years for the typical person to earn the figure Scott landed in his 23 minutes of magic.

Scott was presented with a cheque for £1.6m and limited-edition Sky Vegas millionaire champagne at the Redworth Hall Hotel, Durham.

He said: “When you see it on the screen, your heart’s telling you that you’ve won it but your head’s saying something’s going to go wrong.

“I’m a bit cynical and never thought that a real person won the big jackpots. Obviously now I know it’s real.

“I’m due to get married next year so this is going to help a great deal with that and we’re going to Florida.

“I’ve never had a holiday before – I’ve not got a passport. I’m a big darts fan and love watching Peter Wright so this win will allow me follow that more closely.”

Sarah Hackett, speaking on behalf of Sky Vegas, said: “Massive congratulations to Scott on picking up the £1.6 million jackpot and joining an exclusive club of Sky Vegas millionaires.

“In July, over £250,000 was won every hour at Sky Vegas, with £5,000 won every single minute.

“We have new games to play and jackpots in excess of a million waiting to be won as we speak, so it’s only a matter of time until we change somebody else’s life for good.”