Victory for Arsenal at Aston Villa on Monday evening resulted in the payout of the biggest collective jackpot in the history of football betting as bookmakers were obliged to empty their tills of a record £20 million.
The Gunners reclaimed their position at the summit of the Premier League table with three points at Villa Park to cap off a nightmare weekend for bookies that saw all top-flight favourites win their respective games.
Arsenal streaked into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud before Christian Benteke reduced the deficit. The Belgian could have then ruined the respective evenings of thousands of punters but he spurned the chance to level for the hosts with a free header.
Arsene Wenger's side were able to hold on to secure the win, leaving the punters to rejoice and the betting industry to reluctantly part with a combined fee unheard of in the sport.
"Football punters have hit the biggest jackpot in history. Arsenal’s win was the final nail in the coffin and the industry’s tills have been emptied to the tune of £20million," Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said, as reported by Metro.
"We think 250,000 or more customers won accumulators this weekend."