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Come on, admit it. You know full well that scooping a huge win on an acca is the dream for any football betting punter. The massive wins do happen too. Here we look at 10 of the biggest football accumulator wins ever.
1. Won £650,000 – £100 on 6,542/1 odds
Even when you take short odds and push them into an eight-fold your chances of winning drop considerably. Now imagine those eight fixtures were added to your bet slip once the action was underway with all eight sides losing. The odds are getting big now, right? Well, now throw in the fact there was only 20 minutes left to play.
The odds were pretty hefty at 6,542/1. Why wouldn’t you put £100 on it? One guy did. It proved a masterstroke as all the results came rolling in. As you can imagine, the punter was made to sweat until the last moment with Coventry netting an injury time winner. 20 minutes stress for a £650,000 record pay out.
2. Won £585,000 – 80p on 683,738/1 odds
Second place in our list goes to a guy from Malta who lived by the rule of only betting €1 – that was about 80p in GBP. As has been the case a few times on this list, the bookie behind the pay out was William Hill. Back in 2011, the form book was going very much to plan with the fancied sides emerging victorious. Ordinarily, that’s not great news for the bookmakers and with a 19-fold worth £585k still in play it looked like being a bad weekend for them.
It was far from a foregone conclusion though. The last game saw Liverpool, the backed team, travel to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea were the favourites meaning the our punter was relying on Liverpool to do him a big favour. The Reds took the lead through Maxi Rodriguez before Daniel Sturridge – who later moved to Anfield – equalised. It was heading for a draw. Then former Chelsea full back Glen Johnson popped up to net a very valuable 87th minute winner.
3. Won £500,000 – 30p on 1.6m/1 odds
Rather than going down the match result route, this unknown bettor opted to predict competition winners before the 2000/01 season got underway.
They predicted the outcome of nine football competitions – five tiers in England, three in Scotland and the Champions League – and then added the Rugby Union and County Cricket titles for good measure. Odds of 1.6m/1 are almost beyond realism but not to be greedy the punter only staked 30p. That gave them a potential return of over £500k. The results were in, it all came down to the Champions League final. Bayern Munich versus Valencia.
The Spanish side took a third minute lead from the spot through one of the best penalty takers of all time in Gaizka Mendieta. Just after the interval Stefan Effenberg replied with a spot kick of his own. The match went the distance. Penalties. The punter would have been more nervous than the players and then Oliver Kahn came up trumps. The bet was in.
4. Won £272,000 – £2.50 on 108,800/1 odds
Cast your mind back to the start of 2011. Inter Milan were Champions of Europe but Barcelona were seen as the best team in the world. By the end of the campaign, there was no doubt as to just how good that Barca side was as they took Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Ballon d’Or voting whilst they’d also go on to outclass Manchester United in the Champions League final. Rewind to January 5th though and one punter had backed Athletic Bilbao to draw with them in a Copa Del Rey tie.
It wasn’t the only unlikely outcome on his nine selection slip with several lesser fancied sides coming up trumps. It was, however, the one that had him watching on in despair. Barcelona, the masters of tiki-taka at the time, took a 1-0 lead going into the closing stages. Everything pointed to a devastating loss for both Bilbao and our bettor. Thankfully, Fernando Llorente popped up with an 85th minute equaliser. It wasn’t enough for Bilbao to progress (due to away goals) but it was enough to force Ladbrokes to cough up a then record pay out of £272k. Not bad for a £2.50 wager.
5. Won £185,000 – £50 on 3700/1 odds
When you lump £50 on 20 different match results you are largely accepting that you won’t be seeing your stake again. The hope, however, is obviously still there. In early 2019 one gentleman took the plunge with the mega weekend selection. He was hardly backing the underdogs though with his longest odds the evens he backed Norwich at to beat Bristol City.
His selections also included Newcastle United, Lincoln and Inverness alongside European giants such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. It was Bayern who nearly cost him the lot when the 1/7 ‘safe bet’ edged out Hertha Berlin 1-0. He had £185k heading his way with a congratulatory message from his long term bookie William Hill.
6. Won £170,000 – £1 on 169,923/1 odds
Do you believe in beginners luck? There is an unnamed 33-year-old from Cambridgeshire that certainly does. Our faceless punter opened up a William Hill betting account when he wanted to earn an extra bit of cash to put aside for his young child. It turns out, it didn’t take long at all. Just eight bets and less than £10 to be precise.
There was little risk involved with just a £1 outlay and the punter then forgot all about the bet. When they logged back into their account after the games had finished they found a staggering balance of £170k. The bettor was sick with excitement. Rightly so. Had he looked 30 seconds before the full time whistle he would have been a different kind of sick with one game letting them down. Leyton Orient man Dean Cox netted with almost the last kick of the game to clinch the jackpot.
7. Won £116,000 – £5.05 on 22,970/1 odds
People don’t always keep their wins anonymous. Multiple sclerosis sufferer George Wood, 22, certainly didn’t and who can blame him. When you’ve just won a 22,970/1 shot I think you’re entitled to a little brag. Mr Wood predicted the match result of 10 games stretching his predictions out over multiple leagues and numerous game dates.
Game nine came home on October 4th 2015 when PSG beat Marseille 2-1 in Le Classique. The final selection was a home win for Man City over Bournemouth. A fairly safe bet but some two weeks away. The long wait was worth it though as City made light work of the Cherries to turn Wood’s £5.05 stake into £116k.
8. Won £92,000 – £2 on 46,000/1 odds
What makes a good gift for expectant parents? How does £92k sound? Pretty damn good, I’d say. That’s the jackpot Dean Clay scooped back in February 2015 with his successful 14-fold accumulator. Clay put a modest £2 stake on his weekend bet with 13 of the 14 picks taking place on Saturday with Southampton netting a last minute goal to keep the dream very much alive with just one leg to run.
Cash out wasn’t an option for the punter who had seen his odds enhanced through Coral’s odds boost offer. That meant his Sunday was spent eagerly awaiting the West Brom versus Burnley match to start – and then finish. He’d backed a draw, which did eventually come in but not before Burnley had opened up a two goal lead. I reckon his kid’s nursery was done out rather nicely!
9. Won £53,000 – £49.50 on 1070/1 odds
When this ticket started out it could have bagged the Betfair punter just short of a staggering £1.5m. The odds were 30,303/1 with the ambitious better placing a £49.50 stake on his 22-fold accumulator. The unnamed male looked like losing his bet before a couple of the results turned back in his favour – namely Manchester City overturning an early deficit in their home game with West Brom.
Despite Lady Luck smiling on him, shortly before his last game kicked off he chose to cash out his bet making him £53k richer. The last remaining match saw Barcelona, who had lost once in five months, travel to face Real Sociedad. Was he mad to cash out? Sociedad took a fifth minute lead and kept Barca at bay for 85 minutes. A perfectly timed cash out.
10. Won £45,000 – £5 on 9,172/1 odds
If you want to supercharge your odds in an accumulator bet one way of doing so is by predicting the match result with both teams to score. That’s what one man did in 2015 with six picks giving him odds of 9,172/1. Five results were in. The punters £5 bet was looking good with a return of over £45k well and truly on the cards.
Then the Everton game began. The Toffees hadn’t started the campaign well having won just two of their first six games. When West Brom opened up a two goal lead it looked like the bet was done and dusted. Three goals in the final 35 minutes turned the game on its head. Everton had won. The bet had won and William Hill were, once again, happy to pay out to one very happy customer.
There you have it, the 10 largest football acca wins of all time. What’s your next punt going to look like?