Football betting is a funny old game. Every weekend thousands of fans try to predict a number of outcomes in the hope of pocketing a healthy sum of cash. However, they often come up short.
But one lucky punter was given an early Christmas present after he turned a 20p - that's right, 20 pence - bet into a whopping £39.933.43.
The mystery better correctly predicted the outcome of six Premier League matches but only took home the cash after deciding to cash out.
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Had the punter not accepted Bet Victor's offer before the kick-off of Newcastle United's game with Aston Villa on Saturday evening, he would have won nothing.
A spokesperson for the company told the Mirror: "The lucky punter certainly had Saturday’s 3pm kick-offs shot to pieces successfully predicting Palace to win 2-1 at Stoke, Norwich to win at Man United, Bournemouth to win 2-1 at West Brom, Leicester to win & both teams to score at Goodison, Spurs to win 2-0 at St Mary’s, and over 2.5 goals in the Chelsea vs Sunderland game.
"Those selections were brilliant, but the decision to cash out our offer of nearly £40k ahead of Villa’s trip to St James’s Park was inspired, as the Midlands club never looked like taking all three points against Newcastle.
"What a Christmas present; £40,000 from a 20p losing bet!"
Before kick-off on Saturday afternoon, this bet may have seemed like a hopeful punt but, given the unpredictable nature of the Premier League, a number of shock results occurred.
Whoever this punter is, they are sure to have a very merry Christmas.
Here is the lucky person's quite incredible bet:
- Aston Villa to beat Newcastle (16/5)
- Crystal Palace to win 2-1 at Stoke (12/1)
- Norwich City to beat Manchester United (15/2)
- Bournemouth to win 2-1 at West Brom (12/1)
- Leicester to win at Everton and both teams to score (9/2)
- Tottenham to win 2-0 at Southampton (15/1)
- Over 2.5 goals in Chelsea vs Sunderland (20/23)