Tuesday 27 September 2016

Woman has €541 winnings stolen after posting betting slip on Facebook

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 06/11/2015 | 15:32

The photo of her winning betting slip that Chantelle shared on Facebook
Credit:Facebook/Triple M Radio
The photo of her winning betting slip that Chantelle shared on Facebook Credit:Facebook/Triple M Radio

They say you live and learn but some life lessons hurt more than others.

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A woman in Australia was over the moon when she won $825 (€541) after placing a $20 (€13) bet on a horse at the Melbourne Cup.

Chantelle, from Perth immediately shared a selfie on Facebook clutching her winning betting slip with the bar code clearly visible.

However when she tried to claim her winnings at the bookies kiosk she was told someone else had already collected the cash.

Chantelle who placed her bet on a horse called Prince of Penzanceat at odds of 101-1 had never gambled on a horse before.

She told Australian radio station Triple M that upon realising she had won she was thrilled.

“We had already been up to the guy to do our bet and when we found out we had won I was pretty stoked naturally, so I took a selfie to show my friends that we’d placed,” Chantelle said.

In just 15 minutes somebody had seen her photo on the social networking site and raced to the bookies to pocket the winnings.

"Somebody had pretty good game at filtering my picture and cutting out the bar code and putting it in an automated machine," she said.

The individual who stole Chantelle's cash is believed to be a Facebook friend of either herself or one of her friends that were tagged in the photograph.

"It would have to be someone we would like to think of as an acquaintance, but I might need a bit of a Facebook cull now," Chantelle said.

She vented her anger later and posted a message to the crafty thief:

"To the low life who used my photo to claim our winnings.

"You’re a massive d***.

"You ruined my day."

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