We all dream of winning big, life-changing amounts from small stakes accumulators. That dream became a reality for these lucky punters…
In terms of actual profit margin this is the most successful accumulator bet of all time!
The punter was Fred Craggs, a fertiliser salesman from North Yorkshire. Just to make the day even sweeter, Fred had placed the bet on his 60th birthday of all days!
The bet was an 8 horse accumulator placed with William Hill, at the High Street betting shop in Thirsk. Some of the horses he selected included ‘Isn’t That Lucky’ at Sandown, Racer Forever at Wolverhampton and A Dream Come True racing over in Dubai.
He hadn’t even realised that he’d won until he went down to the bookmakers to make another bet and was told the astonishing news!
After discovering his lucky win, he sat through a family meal before telling anyone. Now as well as being a millionaire he has an entry in the Guinness Book of records for the biggest profit margin on a single Horse Racing accumulator!
Well played Fred!
This is one of the best examples of an accumulator doing what every punter that ever places one hopes it will do – land a huge touch from a tiny investment!!
A Manchester United fan from Staffordshire placed a fifteen-fold accumulator at the start of the 2000-2001 season that correctly predicted the winners of the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two and National League, as well as the Scottish Championship, Scottish League One and Scottish League two divisions.
Not content with just the long-term football predictions he also thought that Surrey would win the county cricket championship, Leicester would win the rugby union Premiership and Gloucester would win rugby’s NatWest Trophy!!
As if predicting all of this wasn’t tricky enough, he decided to spice things up further by selecting a few individual matches to add to the bet!
His luck was truly in as Arsenal, Falkirk and Hibernian all did exactly that when he needed them to on the Saturday afternoon. Those wins meant that all he needed was a Bayern Munich
win against Valencia in the evening back in 2001. He must have been shaking like a leaf when the match went to penalties but hit the jackpot when Bayern eventually secured a famous win.
Remarkably, it was the second big accumulator he’d won after picking up £157,000 when Manchester United won the same competition in 1999.
This is one of the more famous accumulator stories of recent years and was placed by a man named Darren Yates back in 1996, during a major televised race day at the Berkshire venue of Ascot.
Mr. Yates won his bet due to the fact that Frankie Dettori managed to win all seven races on the card at Ascot on the 28th of September that year, making history in the process. No one had ever won all seven races on the same day anywhere previously, let alone at Ascot and the victories made the Italian a household name.
The seven winning horses were Wall Street, Diffident, Mark of Esteem, Decorated Hero, Fatefully, Lochangel and Fujiyama Crest. Though they had odds ranging from 5/4 through to 12/1 they cumulative odds of all seven oblidging were over 25,000/1!
The closest anyone else had been was when Legendary former Champion Jockey Gordon Richards won the six races on the card at Chepstow once, but that was a minor summer meeting and low grade action, Dettori managed to do it on one of the biggest days in the flat racing calendar.
Dettori went on to make the most of the day, later presenting shows such as Top of The Pops and Question of Sport and is currently still riding at the very top level. Mr Yates, a successful property developer from Lytham St Annes now owns a number of high class race horses and still enjoys a flutter and recently paid £300,000 for this years Grand National hope, Blaklion.
The final week of the season can be dull for some fans, nothing to play for – weakened sides, but for one Irish punter it is a weekend he will never forget having scooped over half a million pounds predicting the correct result of every Premier League game that weekend! Some feat indeed!
As many of us know, trying to pick a winning Premier League accumulator on any normal weekend is tricky enough, let alone trying to pick a winning acca on the final day of the season!
But this didn’t faze one Leinster-based punter back in May 2017, as the unknown gambler placed €1,000 on nine correct results and every single one came in!!
The luck of the Irish was truly in as he selected 7 winning sides, and 2 draws, only avoiding the tricky looking fixture between Swansea and Sunderland.
The accumulator itself paid £477,000 but another £100,000 was added by bookmaker Paddy Power due to a promotion they were running at the time, so the Irishman managed to score well over half a million pounds for his £1000 investment!
Safe to say that Saturday evening was some craic!
One lucky punter had one key rule when placing his small stakes accumulators, – never to place a bet of more than £1 each time.
And all it took was one moment of luck for it to all pay off with huge rewards! The anonymous football fan based in the small island of Malta had placed a 19-match accumulator with William Hill, with the final game in his bet to be played between Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool live on TV. With Chelsea strong favourites, things didn’t look good going into the match as Liverpool scored midway through the first-half, before striker Daniel Sturridge levelled following the break.
The game appeared to be heading for a draw, until Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson found himself in his opponents penalty box with three minutes left to play and managed to score what proved to be a £585,000 goal for the lucky punter.
A spokesman for William Hill claimed that the lucky victor wasn’t a Liverpool fan before kick-off, but he was by the time the final whistle was blown!!