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Punting Hall of Fame: How to turn a spare €1 into a life changing €250,000

How one Irish punter cashed in on a small fortune courtesy of a 10-fold football accumulator and a handful of late goals.

by Josh Powell | November 24, 2014

OMG. Kim Kardashian tried to break the internet with her humongous ass a few weeks ago, but this monster bet almost caused the Paddy Power server to meltdown (again).

One inspired punter in County Monaghan isn’t just taking his seat in the Punting Hall of Fame, we’re giving him the keys to the room. Over the weekend his €1 10-fold on the WDW-Both teams to score market came in at odds of 245,668/1, bagging him the best part of €250k.

€1 won’t get you much these days – it barely gets you a bag of chips. But using some inspired punting and genius selections, this fella has turned that loose €1 into a brand new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, the best part of a new gaff, or a trip to any place in the world his mood takes him. If he wanted he could even buy 250,000 bags of chips – that’s 10 portions every day for the next 68 years for those of you without an abacus. Although we wouldn’t advise that…

How did he do it you cry? Well brace yourself, because it looks painfully obvious in hindsight…


Like a lot of these crazy punts, this guy did owe a touch of fortune to Lady Luck.

  • On Friday night in two of his first legs this punter needed not one, but two 84th minute goals. Athletic Bilbao were 3-0 up against Espanyol, but Victor Sanchez Mata bagged an 84th minute consolation goal for the visitors to keep the bet alive. And then PSG were locked at 2-2 away to Metz, before Ezequiel Lavezzi popped up with the winner six minutes from the end
  • Saturday’s games were fairly straightforward bar the Emirates where two goals in five minutes kept the dream going. Wayne Rooney made it 2-0 to Man United on the break in the 85th minute, before Olivier Giroud returned from a long lay-off to smash home Arsenal’s goal in stoppage time
  • So it all came down to Sunday, and the definition of squeaky bum-time. Twente went 1-0 down to Pec Zwolle, and despite equalising quickly, had to wait until the 80th minute for a winner courtesy of Luc Castaignon. Marseille and Bordeaux then went into the break locked at 0-0 but a goal for both sides 15 minutes into the second half gave this punter hope. Five minutes from the end the bet was won as Andre-Pierre Gignac (85) and Michy Batshuayi (90+) secured the comeback and a 3-1 win for Marseille

Take a bow. A simply staggering bet that’s left Paddy scraping the barrel four weeks before Christmas!

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