There were wild celebrations in the capital on Saturday evening when a Dublin punter overcame mammoth odds to land a life-changing amount of money thanks to an ambitious football bet that only cost €5.
The anonymous punter placed the small wager on their online BoyleSports account, waiting until half-time on Saturday to pick out 9 selections across the English leagues.
None of the 9 selections were winning at half-time, with Bolton (11/4), Nottingham Forest (7/5), AFC Wimbledon (13/5), Walsall (9/4), Gillingham (12/5) and Port Vale (2/1) all going on to win having gone into the break level at 0-0. The astute Dublin native also backed Derby and Oldham to draw at 13/5 and 12/5 respectively despite both enjoying half-time leads.
The bet rested on one final selection with Reading picked out at 13/8 to turn their 1-1 half-time scoreline into a victory. That looked doomed however but an 89th equaliser to make it 2-2 against Wigan gave Reading late hope. A staggering 7 minutes into injury time, they bagged a winner and the 3-2 victory triggered the jackpot.
The astonishing turn of events in the second-half across the 9 matches saw the punter overcome odds of 34,508/1 and resulted in a jaw-dropping €172,547.74 making it’s way to their BoyleSports account within minutes of the final whistle.
We are sending huge congratulations to Dublin because this was one of the most staggering bets we have seen in quite some time.
Even as the 90-minute mark passed, it looked like a beaten bet but the nerves were all worth it in the end and we hope they enjoy every cent of their six-figure fortune.