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One savvy punter from Liverpool had plenty to celebrate this week after he turned a £1 stake into more than £374,000 with a superb seven-match correct score accumulator last weekend.
The mammoth winning bet, placed at the Coral shop in Breck Road, Liverpool, included on the mark selections from England, Italy, Portugal and Sweden.
Several of the winner’s legs went right to the wire however, in particular his pick from Portugal where title hopefuls Sporting CP scored a 92nd minute penalty to double their advantage against Nacional Madeira in a clash that was locked at 0-0 with just seven minutes on the clock!
In another close-run thing, Achraf Hakimi also scored in the 92nd minute of Inter’s win against Crotone in Serie A, while Romelu Lukaku’s disallowed effort also helped to ensure the bet stayed on track.
Coral customer wins big!
The lucky punter – who wishes to remain anonymous – said about his win: “After the first two results came in and I realised the bet was still alive, I began to follow the other matches, and it wasn’t easy following the results from around Europe, especially as each one became a winner, I got more and more nervous.
“There were late goals in a couple of the games, which only added to the nerves, and when the seventh result came in, I couldn’t believe it, and even when I checked with the staff in the shop and they confirmed it was a winning bet, I had to pinch myself!
“I didn’t get much sleep for a couple of nights, and even now it’s only just sinking in. This is a life changing amount, and while we’ll be investing lots of it, we’ll also celebrate in style.
“I do follow the football around Europe, and I like to place a £1 bet on the football most weekends, sometimes it’s just a double or treble, but last weekend for some reason these seven matches all caught my eye, but I could never have imagined winning so much money, this really is my bet of a lifetime,” he added.
For Coral, spokesman John Hill added: “This is one of the most extraordinary winning accumulators you are ever likely to see. The plucky punter from Liverpool has gone across Europe to find seven correct scores and has been rewarded with a huge pay-out for just a £1 stake.”
“What makes this accumulator even more incredible is that Inter Milan and Sporting Lisbon have both scored late into stoppage time in their respective matches to keep the bet alive. It must have been a rollercoaster ride for the punter over the weekend,” he added.
£1 correct score accumulator (7-Fold)
- Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace 5/1 (1st May, 12:30)
- Sirius 1-1 Kalmar 24/5 (1st May, 14:00)
- Hammarby 1-1 Hacken 11/2 (1st May, 16:30)
- Inter Milan 2-0 Crotone 6/1 (1st May, 17:00)
- Chelsea 2-0 Fulham 5/1 (1st May, 17:30)
- AC Milan 2-0 Benevento Calcio 13/2 (1st May, 19:45)
- Sporting Lisbon 2-0 Nacional Madeira 17/4 (1st May, 20:30)
Total return – £374,078.25
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