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Luckiest bet ever? Woman wins £8,450 from just 55p after 15,000-1 random horse racing picks miraculously all come in

DID this punter land the luckiest bet of all time with a random 15,000-1 four-fold that paid £8,450 from just 55p?

The woman, known only as Mel, employed what her husband Woolly called a ‘dart board’ approach to her selections.

These were the four picks that landed the lucky punter a tasty £8,450 pay day

Woolly said his wife only ever does tiny each way bets.

But she hit the big time after landing a four-fold accumulator at monster odds that went to about 15,250-1.

Mel did what is known in Australia as a ‘quaddie’ – basically picking four selections.

Often these bets see punters select two to three horses per race, regularly taking on the favourite in hope of an upset.

But Mel stuck with just one horse in each race and watched as they all came in.

Woolly even tempted fate by posting the winning slip to Twitter ahead of the final contest.

But there was to be no karma over jinxing it as Reliable Star – around a 4-1 shot – won by half a length in a race at Bunbury Turf Club near Perth, Australia.

The other three horses were at odds of around 20-1 to 11-1.

Asked whether his wife’s work was genius or fluke, Woolly told Punters: “To be honest, it was a dart board job. She’s only a $1 each way punter.

This was how Woolly celebrated his wife’s 15,000-1 four-fold coming in

“We didn’t think much of it until the third leg got up, then the nerves kicked in.”

The bet was placed in a pub, which was near enough empty by the time Mel’s final selection won.

Woolly said: “There was only six of us there for the last race. Most punters got stung during the day and had p***ed off home.”

So how did they celebrate?

He added: “We didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary.

“Mel doesn’t drink much and I had work, so just a nice little bottle of red with dinner.”

Amazingly, Mel’s big winner came on the same day a William Hill punter this side of the world landed a £205,000 jackpot.

But they would have been toasting a £1.7million payout had Tommy’s Oscar won. He was the only loss in their eight-fold goliath.

Still, neither can match the man believed to be the world’s biggest racing punter, who’s worth £333m and known as ‘The Joker’.


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