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A 41 year old gambler from Malta hit an incredible win when he won €683,739.88 on a €1 soccer bet.
The gambler had placed the €1 bet on an accumulator for 19 soccer matches, and had accurately picked the first 18 correctly at William Hill. In the final match, Liverpool FC's Glen Johnson scored a late goal against Chelsea to finish the 19th match accurately.
The odds of the man correctly guessing all of the results? 683,738 to 1.
Graham Sharpe, a spokesman for William Hill commented on the big win, saying: "We cannot recall any punter winning either this much on an accumulator, or landing such stratospheric odds- even though he wasn’t a Liverpool fan before, he tells us he is now!"
"Football punters were already celebrating the biggest winning weekend in living memory as all the best fancied teams in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues One & Two, Blue Square, SPL and William Hill Scottish Cup turned out be winners."
"This late winner in the final game of the weekend left us feeling about as cheerful as under-pressure Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas. The weekend as a whole was football betting's equivalent of racing's Dettori day in 1996, when Frankie rode all seven winners at Ascot , costing the industry almost £50million."
“Punters backing long-odds accumulative bets like the one described here were the biggest winners, most of them collecting four and five figure sums from modest stakes."
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