£30 acca bags lucky punter £245,000

£30 acca bags lucky punter £245,000 One lucky punter has struck it lucky to the tune of £245k from a small £30 accumulator. Most of the big win accas that I’ve trawled through over recent months have been football accumulators, but this once was a seven fold horse racing bet. The father of three placed the bet at Wolverhampton Racecourse on January 6th of last year and plan to buy his very first house with the proceeds  – what a result and what a story too, when people ask ‘how did you afford your first house?’ His selections were based on nothing more scientific than the fact that he chose favourites whose names he liked the look of. Not that such a system disadvantaged him on this occasion!

The punters selections in full:

  • 12.50 Wolverhampton – Whitecliff Park (odds 5/4)
  • 1.20 Wolverhampton – Artful Mind (odds 9/2)
  • 1.50 Wolverhampton – Mr Boss Man (odds 7/4)
  • 2.20 Wolverhampton – Oakley Girl (odds 4/1)
  • 2.50 Wolverhampton – Perfect Cracker (odds 5/1)
  • 3.20 Wolverhampton – Bank Of Gibraltar (odds 7/2)
  • 3.50 Wolverhampton – Ohsosecret (odds 11/4)

Despite the short odds, it’s still an incredible achievement to see all seven selections coming in, in first place.  The man’s bet actually consisted of a £10 each-way accumulator (totally £20)  and a £10 win accumulator on the same horses. Seeing them all listed here, this acca looks strangely doable, but of course it’s wise to remember than it only takes one bad result to derail the whole bet.

When it comes to horse racing, I tend to go for more mid range odds when placing a bet. Betting on favourites all of the time seems a touch too obvious to me (and of course they can let you down too even if they do look like ‘free money’) whereas going for rank outsiders can seem like clutching at straws unless you know something others don’t.

Where I tend to have a more fun, and a less analytical outlook – is on the slots. I even found a horse themed slots machine online recently : Hold Your Horses Online Free Spins , and so as you can imagine, this is right up my street! I’m not one for going into a stuffy bookmakers office to play or bet and so it’s nice to be able to relax and have a flutter from the comfort of your own home! All I need now is a big win to top it off.

For more huge accumulator wins check out our dedicate accas big wins page.


Ref (partially) blows it for Lucky 15 Punter

We’ve covered numerous rags to riches type accumulators on here, so it’s high time for a near miss to offer up a bit of perspective! A gambler in January 2013 was denied a mind boggling £500,000 win based on one decision by football referee Kevin Friend (it’s safe to assume he’s not going to be the ‘friend’ of the guy who placed the bet anytime soon!).

Ref (partially) blows it for Lucky 15 Punter

In a cruel and unlikely twist of fate, Friend blew to end the game one second before the ball rolled over the line, ending the match Leeds United 2 Tottenham 1. The Oldham man had need the result Leeds 3 Tottenham 1 to get his accumulator made of somewhat unlikely scores up. This was the only result of the bunch that fell short. The punter had placed a 20p lucky 15 multiple bet with a total stake of £3:

Ref (partially) blows it for Lucky 15 Punter

The Lucky 15 bet: Brentford 2 Chelsea 2 (18-1), Leeds 3 Tottenham 1 (25-1), Oldham 3 Liverpool 2 (80-1), St Mirren 3 Celtic 2 (50-1)


Several Leeds players protested the whistle being brown on what was 100% certain to be a goal, but to no avail. The £3 bet would’ve resulted in a payout of £506,562 for the punter. The only saving grace is that, as the man placed a Lucky 15 bet, he did pocket £17,055.80 which is certainly a decent chunk of money. Still, it’s mixed fortunes to say the least considering that by rights he should’ve walked away with a cool half a million pounds. A Ladbrokes representative said of the bet: ‘The referee has ruined our punter’s dream.”. He sounds more distaught than the punter!

So often in gambling, there’s a fine line between winning big and not, especially on big odds selections. There’s perhaps no better example of winning big at long odds than a visit to the casino. A mate of mine recently moved to Vegas and some of the stories you hear are mind boggling. I’ll likely visit too at some point, so we’ll see if I have any stories to tell! Huge amounts of money are pumped into the slot machines at Vegas daily, so the jackpots are collosal. For instance, in 2003 a 20 something software engineer won almost $40 million from $100 in the Megabucks slot machine at the Excalibur. Not bad for a day’s work / play! Maybe you too can win big from the comfort of your own home (who needs jetlag!) on Rainbow Ryan Slot Free Spins.

If you’re looking for more upbeat accumulators, check out our accas page for a bit of inspiration (the big accumulator bets wins link)!




Trixie To the average person on the street ‘Trixie’ likely sounds like either a word that Golem from Lord of the Rings would utter at the edge of a volcano, or something that national treasure magician Paul Daniels would’ve shouted out during his hayday. However of course those who hang around betting offices a bit too often will be able to reliably inform you that a Trixie is in fact a type of bet.

For those still drawing a complete blank I’ll explain further. A trixie bet is that you cover every combination within that four fold bet (aside from single bets), so every win counts, aka you don’t need a clean sweet to see a return. Every  double, and the treble counts. It could be a good option if you feel that you are ‘in the know’ or ‘quietly confident’ of the majority of your bets but at the same time are making room for the unknowable.

So, in short it’s something of a safety cushion when compare to a straight treble which is literally all or nothing. There’s no right or wrong with the type of bet you choose of course, but if you deduce that a trixie is the right bet for you, as long as you’re in the ballpark and haven’t gone for a bunch of odds-ons shots, you could in line for a tidy return even if you don’t get three wins out of three. Most bookies offer trixies.

5 of the biggest wins on multiples and accumulators

5 of the biggest wins on multiples and accumulators Who doesn’t enjoy hearing about a humble punter absolutely taking the bookmakers to the cleaners by turning a tiny stake into a life-changing sum with a well-plotted accumulator? These stories pop up in the press every now and then and they are always liable to raise a smile. After all, it’s like winning the lottery, but through skill rather than by chance, and it may well leave you reaching for your laptop and searching for a bookmaker to beat. We decided to round up five examples of everyday sports fans making a killing by turning their expertise into profit:


From plumber to millionaire


In March 2011, Steve Whiteley, a plumbing Engineer from Devon, hit a six-horse acca to scoop the Exeter Tote Jackpot and turn £2 into more than £2 million. Taxes reduced it to £1.45 million, but Whiteley was not complaining. He admitted he was not really all that into horseracing and only went to the track a couple of times a year, when entry was free. On that fateful day he first opted for multiple selections, but when he realised he would have to stake £32, he whittled it down to just one six-fold accumulator. He got off to a strong start as Semicolon came in as the 2/1 favourite, followed by Black Phantom at 12/1 and Ammunition at 16/1. He really started getting excited when another 16/1 shot, Mr Bennet, romped home in the fourth race. With just two to go, Lundy Sky did the business for him at a starting price of 5/1. His selection in the final race was Lupita, a 12/1 outsider who had never won a race and nor had the jockey. But Lupta pulled off a stunning victory – the only one in his entire career – and Whitely’s bet came in at cumulative odds of 358,639/1. The Tote jackpot had rolled over and he took the lot home, on top of his winnings, making him a rich man. Yet he refused to give up his £500-a-week job and went back into work the next day.


Dark day for Coral


Bookmaker Coral was stung for £823,000 after a customer, who asked to remain anonymous, landed a five-fold accumulator with a £19 stake. The punter chose five runners at Punchestown, but did not even watch the races. Instead he went out on the tiles, and only realised he had won when he came in and checked the results in the early hours of the morning. “I’ve been placing these accumulator bets pretty much every day for twenty years, and winning this bet is the realisation of a lifetime dream,” he said. “Over the years I’ve come close to landing a big return a couple of times but kept hitting the woodwork, and now I’ve done it I feel remarkably calm. I don’t know if I’ll even carry on betting after this as I feel I’ve achieved my goal.” Cue punters heading over to https://www.sunbets.co.uk/ in their droves in a bid to pull off a similar feat.



Futures success


Another unidentified punter hit the headlines back in 2001 when he correctly predicted the winners of the top five English football leagues and three Scottish divisions, the rugby union champions, the country cricket champions and the Champions League winners. The winning odds were a record 1,666,666/1, and his 30p bet netted him a cool £500,000. The last one to come in was the Champions League and his selection, Bayern Munich, played Valencia in the final. It ended in a 1-1 draw after extra-time, and never would an Englishman have been so pleased to see a German team win on penalties.


Frankie’s Magnificent Seven


Arguably the greatest highlight in horseracing history came when Frankie Detorri rode all seven winners at Royal Ascot in 1996. His supreme achievement remains unmatched in the history of the sport, and the fact it happened on Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Day, with the BBC cameras rolling, made it all the more magical. The early bird price on it happening was 235,834/1, while the starting price cumulative odds worked out at 25,095-1 as bookies wised up over the course of the day. Punters went crazy after he won his first six races, and it seemed like half the country lumped on Fujiyama Crest, his seventh mount, sending the odds plummeting from 11/1 to 2/1. Detorri pulled off a seventh win, the crowd erupted and the bookmakers wept. Few had backed him to win all seven, but one punter that did was Darren Yeats, who put down £59 and ended up winning £550,000.


A Dream Come True


In 2008, Yorkshireman Fred Cragg, a fertiliser salesman, celebrated his 60th birthday by laying down the princely sum of 50p on an eight-horse multiple covering races at Sandown, Wolverhampton and Dubai. The first horse to come in was Isn’t That Lucky, a 10/1 shot trained by Jonjo O’Neill, and Cragg’s luck held out all day, culminating in his eighth selection winning at 2/1 in Dubai. The name of the horse? A Dream Come True. It really was for Craggs, who turned his 50p stake into £2 million. The birthday boy was so stunned that he sat through an entire family meal before revealing his win, his new-found millionaire status and his impending entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Author bio


Martin Green is an experienced sports writer and tipster.