September 2018

Woman Wins Half a Million with One Pound Bet

Woman Wins Half a Million with One Pound Bet  We’d all like to win the lottery (though maybe not the ‘someone’s knocking at the door, someone’s ringing the bell‘ one, as there are some scary faces amongst them!) or an online or offline scratch cards win, but there must be something even more satisfying at feeling that you’ve earned it. Of course there are element of luck to betting, but there can also be an aspect of skill to it, in deciding the composition of a bet and likelihood of a result. So I like to think if I ever won big with an accumulator bet, it would at least in part be down to skill!

Of course though,  even with bets,  many or perhaps even a majority of punters ultimately take a ‘throw a dart at it’ approach and just pick a selection based on a name that they like, or a team that they or someone they know is rooting for. This was pretty much the case in November last year, when a 58 year old housewife placed a £1 12 football team accumulator bet on at William Hill and every single result came in.

The bored housewife had got her son to read out the fixtures for the day and picked teams she liked the sound of. Nothing more complicated than that, but with such a number of consecutive wins the rewards were great.

According to a William Hill spokeperson, “Apparently, the lady’s husband had been doing the £1 weekend acca since he was 18, so 40 years of practice on football punting. His wife started doing the same bet about six years ago, so she certainly had lady luck on her side as her hubby has never had a win anything like that. ‘It just goes to show if you can’t beat them join them and the payout in this case is absolutely fantastic.”


Below is the punter’s betting slip, and the bet in its entirety:

Woman Wins Half a Million with One Pound Bet

The Acca

Huddersfield to beat West Brom: 6/4 – 1-0 victory

Bournemouth to beat Newcastle: 5/2 – 1-0 victory

Burnley to beat Southampton: 4/1 – 1-0 victory

Brighton to beat Swansea: 15/8 – 1-0 victory

Sheff Wed to beat Aston Villa: 5/2 – 2-0 victory

Barnsley to beat Birmingham: 11/8 – 2-0 victory

Bolton to beat Norwich: 11/5 – 2-1 victory

Reading to beat Derby: 16/5 – 4-2 victory

Ipswich to beat Preston: 8/5 – 3-0 victory

Burton to beat Millwall: 10/3 1-0 victory

Nottingham Forest to beat QPR: 11/10 – 4-0 victory

Sheff Utd to beat Hull: 8/11 – 4-1 victory


Punter Wins Big with Seven Fold Footy Acca

Punter Wins Big with Seven Fold Footy Acca  Another day, another big winning accumulator. At this stage I’m beginning to think that everyone and the nan has tapped into latent fine tuned sports analysis skills! The latest big winner to be highlights here is hot off the press and involves a lucky punter’s football selections from the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The man in question staked just £10 on a seven event accumulator. The acca involved predicting that each of the seven selections would win ‘to nil’. The selections and corresponding scores are as follows:



Bayern Munich 4-0 Chicago Fire
Sheff Wed 0-2 Wolves
Hull 0-4 Derby
Fulham 2-0 Exeter
Brighton 0-1 Southampton
Bournemouth 3-0 MK Dons
Swansea 0-1 Crystal Palace


Predicting any football team to ‘win to nil’ of course has many of variables at play because  so much can happen over the course of a game. As it happens though, most of these results went rather precisely to plan, with the exception of the Brighton vs Southampton game where Brighton held out until the 88th minute.

So what did the winner pocket as a result of his £10 bet you ask? A cool £21,547.61 based on odds of around 2000-1 for this unlikely combo. Not a bad day’s work, and it just goes to show how profitable multiple bets can be with the right combinaton of skill and good fortune.