Saturday, April 30, 2022 featured a total of 16 matches in the top two tiers of English Football and became a red-letter day for one lucky football punter. The anonymous fortune hunter staked just £0.60 on a 16-fold accumulator on all the matches in the Premier League and Championship and, amazingly, copped for a massive £157,865.59 after correctly predicting all 16 results.
The winning bet was all the more remarkable for the fact that it consisted just half a dozen odds-on selections and the only draw, Cardiff City versus Birmingham City, in the top two divisions. Alex Apati, Public Relations Manager at Ladbrokes, who laid the bet, said, ‘Our punter has played an absolute blinder here, correctly predicting the outcome of all 16 games in the top two tiers of English football on Saturday.’ He added, ‘…truly remarkable stuff and we’re delighted…’
Thankfully, the final selection, Manchester City, justified odds of 2/7 by cruising to a 4-0 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road in the late kick-off but, earlier in the day, the intrepid gambler had experienced one of two anxious moments. Burnley trailed Watford 1-0 for much of the game at Vicarage Road, before late goals from Jack Cork and Josh Brownhill rescued the tie for the visitors. At St, Mary’s Stadium, the situation was even more tense, with Crystal Palace needing a winner from Wilfried Zaha, deep into injury time, to keep the bet alive. Nevertheless, the fickle football gods were on the side of the punter on this occasion and his, or her, luck held long enough to land eye-watering accumulative odds of 263,109/1.