Housewife wins over £500k after placing £1 on football accumulator bet


The mystery winner’s betting slip shows the 12 matches she bet on

A very lucky housewife is celebrating after scooping over half a million pounds from a £1 bet on the football.

The 59-year-old landed the astonishing payout from a 12-team accumulator.

According to the Sun, her £574,278.41 windfall came after she began having a punt because she was getting fed up with her husband and son watching matches every weekend.

Her winning approach consisted of her 30-year-old son reading out the fixtures last Saturday and her picking the names of 12 teams she most liked the sound of.

Carli Faulkner, 38, – manager of the William Hill branch in Leysdown-On-Sea, Kent, said: “This is the biggest winning bet I have ever handled and all for just a quid.

“It is incredible that the lady got them all up. Usually customers laugh when they see a payout figure on the bottom of their slip like £574,000, but this just goes to show it can happen.

They will be having a cracking Christmas and I am delighted for them as it’s real girl power landing a bet like that. My biggest ever payout before this was around £25,000.”

Eleven of the matches were won by outsiders – including Burnley at 4-1 away at Southampton – and only one of the matches – Sheffield United to beat Hull was odds on at 8-11.

Her 58-year-old taxi driver husband and their son are both Tottenham fans, but the housewife swerved Spurs in her weekend betting bonanza.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “Apparently, the lady’s husband had been doing the £1 weekend acca since he was 18, so 40 years of practice on football punting.

His wife started doing the same bet about six years ago, so she certainly had lady luck on her side as her hubby has never had a win anything like that.

“It just goes to show if you can’t beat them join them and the payout in this case is absolutely fantastic. We wish them well.

“In my 15 years in the business working for William Hill I have never encountered a bigger football win by a female punter for just a quid.”

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