There are few things that compare to a big win on a sports wager. Those that are fortunate to achieve that feat are able to walk away with considerable returns from their wager, and some have even picked up life changing amounts of money in the process.
That is something that bettors in the legal US betting states will be looking to achieve on a weekly basis. Their Canadian counterparts to the north are already allowed. However, which bettors have been able to walk away with considerable returns from their bets over the past couple of years?
Football Weekend Acca
For football followers, every weekend’s first bet is a large accumulator trying to predict the outcome of as many games as possible. However, it’s very rare for the big accumulators to come in, which makes this William Hill customer one of the few exceptions to the rule. Back at the end of March, one customer managed to land a massive 28000/1 accumulator after nailing all of his selections.
The wager included games from around Europe, which included West Ham’s victory over Everton, as well as games in France, Sweden and Italy. His bet was an incredibly accurate selection. He managed to predict the full time result in each of the fixtures, as well as both teams’ scoring. For William Hill it was an incredibly costly weekend. During the same timeframe another bettor managed to pick up returns of £25,645. That player correctly predicted 16 games where there would be a goal at each halftime.
Cheltenham Festival Placepot
The Placepot with Tote is one of the first wagers that any bettors make when arriving at a course in the United Kingdom. That is especially the case when attending the Cheltenham Festival. However, for one punter, that was a genius move back in 2019, as he managed to scoop the jackpot of £180,000 on one of the days at the Festival. To make matters even better for the gambler, he never even predicted one winner on his £2 placepot.
In order to win the bet, the bettor must correctly predict horses that will finish in place positions in each of the six required races. The biggest shock of the day came when Espoir D’Allen ran on extremely well at big odds to win the illustrious Champion Hurdle. There have been other big placepot winners in recent years, including bettors that have picked up returns of £9,000 and £18,000 from smaller wagers.
Exeter Jackpot Winner
One of the biggest betting returns in UK history came in 2011, as a heating engine aged 61, managed to scoop a massive £1.45 million from just a £2 bet. The bet was on the Exeter Tote Jackpot, which meant that he needed to correctly predict all six winners to get the returns from the wager. It’s safe to say that it always looked likely to be his day after one of the horses that he wagered on that hadn’t won in his last 28 starts pulled clear of the field.
The victory remains one of the biggest cash outs in British betting history, and one that the punter will be forever grateful for placing. His special thanks would have likely been for Ammunition, Lundy Sky, Black Phantom, Mr Bennett, Semicolon and Lupita, who were his winning six selections on that special day at Exeter.
Punchestown Festival Accumulator
The biggest payout in Coral history came back in 2017 on the Friday of the Punchestown Festival. The event is the final major National Hunt event in the United Kingdom and Ireland before the summer break, and often sees some of the biggest stars looking to end their campaign on a high. However, one bettor certainly ended his season of following the jumps on a high that day, as he managed to win a monster £823,000 from a £19 accumulator.
That bet was made on odds of 181,015/1, and saw him awarded the winnings after all four of his selections were able to win their respective races. The horses that he had to thank for his winnings on that day, including Das Mooser at odds of 10/1, Definite Ruby at 7/1 and Bacardys at 10/1. Talk about an exceptional day of gambling, as he gave the bookies a hell of a bashing.
Remember To Gamble Safely
While it is always fun to look at some of the biggest betting wins from years gone by, it is important to remember that these massive jackpot wins are very few and far between. That means that those chasing their losses should avoid making bets, while you should only bet what you’re prepared to lose.