British soldier wins £13.2 million from 25p online bet

Afghanistan veteran Jon Heywood won the sum after placing a bet online. Credit: PA

A British soldier has become an overnight multimillionaire after scooping more than £13.2 million on a 25p stake.

Afghanistan veteran Jon Heywood placed a bet online and said winning the huge sum “hasn’t sunk in”.

The 26-year-old’s win is set to become a world record for the largest jackpot payout in an online slot machine game, beating the previous landmark of €17.8 million (£13.1m) set in Finland in 2013.

Mr Heywood, from Cheshire, vowed the first thing he will buy is the “best possible medical treatment” for his father who is awaiting a heart and lung transplant.

He also plans to treat himself and upgrade his Fiat Punto to a luxury Bentley Continental GT.

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