A lucky punter from Leicester has scooped an incredible £823,000 from a £19 accumulator bet on Friday afternoon.
Betting site Coral said it’s the biggest ever horse racing pay-out in the firm’s history and the winner this morning described it as “the realisation of a lifetime dream”.
The man in his forties, who wishes to remain anonymous, placed a £19 accumulator bet on five horses running at Punchestown on Friday.
However he didn’t even know he had landed the huge win until he came in from a night out in the early hours of Saturday morning and checked the racing results.
He said: “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 revealed that his approach to selecting the horses involved plenty of form study and research: “I put a lot of effort into picking my horses. I like to follow stables in form, I’ll study the breeding of the horses, and look at their recent performances.”
The man described the win as a “life changing amount” and said he doesn’t know if he will continue betting as he feels he has achieved his goal.
Simon Clare, Coral PR Director, said: “This is the most incredible big-win story that we have ever encountered.”
“There must be something in the water in Leicester, as the City’s football team landed the biggest shock in football betting history last year winning the Premier League at odds of 5000/1, and now this inspired customer has landed the biggest ever horse-racing win with Coral of over £800k for just £19.”