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- Her winning technique was based purely on picking 'nice boy's names'
- Said her brother Paddy had a 'lovely mop of red hair when he was a boy'
- The Liverpool fan is a grandmother of 19 and great grandmother of four
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 06:57 GMT, 14 February 2014 | UPDATED: 08:58 GMT, 14 February 2014
A lucky granny scooped a £154,000 jackpot from a £2 bet by picking horses with 'nice names' and is now just one win away from scooping a further £702,000.
Geraldine Hughes picked six winners including one named Splash of Ginge, which she only chose because her brother had red hair when he was a boy.
The grandmother of 19 and great grandmother of four, from Hoylake, Wirral, revealed her winning technique was based purely on picking 'nice boys' names' for her six horses which won the jackpot.
Delight: Great grandmother Geraldine Hughes celebrates after winning over £150,000 from a £2 bet
The Liverpool fan had watched her team thrash Arsenal 5-1 on TV with her family as her first five winners powered home in the Totepool Scoop6 - a pool bet on televised races that builds up each week.
When she tuned in to watch the final race at Lingfield Park, Geraldine was gutted when her pick Rigoletto burst out of the stalls before the start, fearing her £2 punt was sunk.
Mrs Hughes chose one horse named 'Splash of Ginge' because her brother Paddy had red hair
Mum-of-six Geraldine, said: 'I was delighted with the Liverpool result, but we had the family round for the game so I wasn't able to watch the racing.
'I kept up to date with my picks via text on TV and when I got the first five up I had them all watching the last leg with me.
'The biggest priced winner was Splash Of Ginge in the big race at Newbury at 33-1 and I only picked that as my brother Paddy had a lovely mop of red hair when he was a boy.
'He's 76 now and it's receding a bit, but that winner left just 17 tickets in the bet.
'It had gone from around 100,000 tickets to just two in the last leg and mine was on Rigeletto and the other was on Hadeeth that finished nearer last than first.
'But when mine burst out of the starting stalls before the race I thought I had lost.
'But it was withdrawn and classed as a non-runner so my ticket automatically went on the 5-2 favourite My Kingdom and that won.
'It was fantastic and I've not been able to sleep since the win.'
She now gets a chance to win a £702,000 bonus pool that has rolled over since August 19 last year.
Geraldine added: 'This is life changing for us and now we've got another bonus to aim for on Saturday in the Grand National Trial at Haydock Park.
Fingers crossed: The Liverpool fan is now just one win away from scooping a bonus £702,000 on tomorrow's Grand National Trial at Haydock Park
'To have a free go for another £702,000 this week in the bonus fund is mind-boggling.'
Her husband Wally, 72, a retired electrician, added: 'Gerry's the real bright spark in our family pulling off six winners in the Scoop6.
'I'm just keeping the ticket safe until Saturday when she gets her free bonus pick in the big race.'