A woman has won nearly £575,000 from a £1 football bet – despite having nearly no interest in the sport.
Steve Cook’s 92nd minute winner for
Bournemouth at Newcastle over the weekend secured one of the most unlikely accumulator wins you are likely to ever see.
The unnamed woman, 58, believed to be from Kent, picked 12 selections, with most of them being odds-against outsiders.
Amongst others, she had Huddersfield to beat West Brom, Bolton to beat Norwich and Sheffield Wednesday to beat Aston Villa.
She only started betting on football as she wanted to make watching the football with her husband and son every weekend more exciting.
The bet was paid out by the William Hill store in Leysdown-on-Sea.
Shop employee Carli Faulkner said: “It is incredible that the lady got them all up.
“Usually customers laugh when they see a payout figure on the bottom of their slip like £574,000, but this just goes to show it can happen.
“They will be having a cracking Christmas and I am delighted for them as it’s real girl power landing a bet like that.
“My biggest ever payout before this was around £25,000.”
William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams added: “Apparently, the lady’s husband had been doing the £1 weekend acca since he was 18, so 40 years of practice on football punting.
“His wife started doing the same bet about six years ago, so she certainly had lady luck on her side as her hubby has never had a win anything like that.”
THE WINNING ACCUMULATOR RESULTS
Huddersfield 1-0 West Brom – 6/4
Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth – 5/2
Southampton 0-1 Burnley – 4/1
Swansea 0-1 Brighton – 15/8
Aston Villa 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday – 5/2
Barnsley 2-0 Birmingham – 11/8
Bolton 2-1 Norwich – 11/5
Derby 2-4 Reading – 16/5
Ipswich 3-0 Preston – 8/5
Millwall 0-1 Burton – 10/3
Nottingham Forest 4-0 QPR – 11/10
Sheffield United 4-1 Hull – 8/11