A SUPERMARKET worker struck it lucky when his fantasy football team came top of the league – but gave three quarters of his £500,000 fortune away.
Generous Peter Radford, 60, of Kinsley, won the cash after being the top point scorer in The Sun’s Fantasy Football competition but gave £250,000 to his colleagues.
Staff at Morrisons Distribution Centre, Wakefield, took part in the 35-team mini league and now will each receive over £7,000 thanks to Mr Radford’s football knowledge.
The Arsenal supporter said: “It is brilliant to win but we always said if anyone won a big amount of money we would share it and I have kept to my word. Everyone is overwhelmed and so thankful.”
And not content with giving half of the cash away, he also gave close work friend David Barry £125,000.
They shared three teams in the league and made a pact they would split the cash if either of them won a considerable amount.
Mr Barry, 43, of Fitzwilliam said: “It is absolutely brilliant and never in our wildest dreams thought this would happen, but here we are. We have won and it is unbelievable.”
Mr Barry had one of the teams and Mr Radford had the other two and luckily his team came out on top.
He said: “He won the work league six months ago and we just waited nervously to see what would happen. We just thought he would get knocked off the top but he didn’t.
“Now he is the most popular man at work.”
He will pay off his mortgage and take his family on holiday with his share of the money.
Mr Radford’s team, Redkins United, scored more points than any of the 582,000 entrants across the country.
Football skills runs in Mr Radford’s family as his brother John Radford, played centre forward for Arsenal between 1964 and 1976 and was capped twice for England.
He plans to retire next year after working at the centre for 13 years and said the money will help him do it in style.
He said: “I have just been really lucky and thankful it has all come together. To be honest I’m a bit shocked I won.
“I left all the big name players out and went for a mixture of moderate seniors and players with up-and-coming talent.
“It paid off as the big players like Lampard, Drogba, Torres and Rooney have had poor seasons.
“The team started steady but after the first transfer window got into the top 10 and stayed there until the new year when I got the top spot - and haven’t been knocked off since.”
Mr Radford also plans to use the money to treat his two daughters, Andrea, 35, and Karen, 32, and will also pay a for a few holidays in the UK.