Cape Town - One Sportingbet customer from Durban had a particularly thrilling Halloween on Friday evening as he collected an eye popping R1 000 000 from a R50 each-way accumulator bet.
Picking eight horses in eight different races, he could have been accused of letting his heart rule his head.
Fortunately, he proved the sceptics wrong, and has won the largest online pay-out in South African betting history!
The confident punter placed his wager early Friday morning on the Sportingbet website and got off with the proverbial “Blast” as the namesake horse won the 12.40 race at Fairview.
By the time the last winner had romped home in the third race at Greyville that evening, the lucky punter had won an amazing bet with odds of 95 215/1.
"Actually didn't know what to do with myself when I won," said the lucky punter.
"I saw the 1st race and then missed the next 5 races but then managed to watch the last two races when I realized I was onto a winning bet,after winning the 1st thing I did was go home to tell my mother,she didn't believe me and still doesn't believe until it's in my bank account."
But what is the lucky punter going to do with his money? He said that he would be investing his winnings.
Sportingbet South Africa MD, Tyrone Dobbin added: "This is one of the luckiest bets I’ve ever seen!"
"Accumulators are very popular bets to place, as small stakes can quickly become big payouts, and a couple of times a year we are hit by a very large winner.
"But to see one with odds this high is certainly unique…
"I would go as far as to say, this is probably the biggest scoop in South African online betting history!"
How did the newest Sportingbet millionaire choose his horses? The punter said: "It's actually bitter sweet story about how I chose these horses,but basically had to put down my 13 year jack Russell so was bummed and couldn't get any sleep, decided to go online and check the racing for the day, took me a couple hours and I came up with these 8 horses who to me looked like they were definitely going to place in all the races."
The Customers Winning Bet:
Race 1 – Fairview: BLAST (3/1)
Race 2 - Fairview: SILVAN SPIRIT (7/2)
Race 3 - Fairview: SPIAGGIA (9/4)
Race 4 - Fairview: EXCITEMENT SEEKER(9/4)
Race 5 - Fairview: GYPSY LANE (6/1)
Race 6 - Fairview: TRAPPED IN ICE (9/2)
Race 2 - Greyville: MILITARY LEADER (11/4)
Race 3 - Greyville: SE AGABOR (11/4)
Sportingbet has made a number of millionaires since launching South Africa’s first online sportsbook in 2009.
Standing out as other notable winners, in 2013 Sportingbet paid out close to R2.6 million to a Northern Cape resident who during a 2 week winning streak comfortably beat the bookie with four well calculated bets and another Durbanite won R900 000 in a large sports accumulator in January.
Sportingbet can be found at www.sportingbet.co.za.