A RUN of bad luck has finally ended for Wayne Stansfield who is now £5,000 better off after a little help from Todmorden’s “lucky” dog.
He gambled £1,000 savings on a throw of a dice – and No 4 delivered his winnings at a show hosted by magic man Derren Brown.
The TV illusionist spent time in the town after hearing about Centre Vale Park’s dog statue, which supposedly has good-luck powers.
Wayne is one of many who have touched the statue in recent weeks in the hope his luck would change.
The 45-year-old butcher’s catalogue of mishapsincludes:
l Being knocked over by a sheep and suffering a broken hand.
l Being shot while driving through Todmorden – he had to have the airgun pellet cut from his nose.
l Suffering burns when a gas cooker he was lighting blew up.
“When I won the £5,000 I smiled,” said Wayne, of Walsden, Todmorden.
He can’t say too much about the show at Todmorden Town Hall as it will be screened on Channel 4 in the coming weeks.
But he revealed the audience was asked how much they were prepared to gamble on a throw of a dice and he was picked out after pledging £1,000.
The audience concentrated on a number and Wayne went with the majority in choosing the lucky No 4.
“I’m elated. It was a big gamble – I normally only spend £1 or £2 a week in the bookies.”
And what will the money be spent on?
“I’m married and Lisa the wife’s got it,” said Wayne, who works at the family firm in Halifax Road, Todmorden.