Sunday 28 December 2014

What are the odds? GAA boss wins €170k on €50 bet

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 26/08/2014 | 02:30

Niall Carew at his local Boylesports in Citywest after he netted €170,000. Photo: Stephen Collins
Niall Carew at his local Boylesports in Citywest after he netted €170,000. Photo: Stephen Collins

Former GAA football manager Niall Carew beat odds of more than 18,000 to 1 to win €170,322 with a €50 bet.

A delighted Carew, who recently resigned as Waterford's football manager, bet on three horses and the likelihood of a draw between Kerry and Mayo on Sunday.

The Kildare man's winning streak was achieved with a €3 Lucky 15 and a €5 accumulator at Boylesports.

A crucial part of the lucky punt was his spot-on prediction of the outcome of the senior football semi-final.

Carew (40) said: "I'm thrilled. I could not split these two teams before the match. Their form was very similar all along. So I decided on a draw."

And when it came to picking the horses, he had a good feeling about them. "All three horses I'd backed before," he said.

He said he did not tell his wife Michelle exactly how much depended on the final horse, Kalann, winning at The Curragh after the match.

"She got a big fright afterwards when I told her. We'll probably take a holiday with the three children after this," he said.

He will also be using his huge windfall to tackle their mortgage and car loans.

The lucky winner, who lives at Timahoe, near Prosperous, was a footballer and hurler 
for Kildare until he was badly injured on the pitch at the age of 25.

He was a selector and 
coach for the Kildare football team for five years before spending two years in charge of Waterford.

Lucky

The two bets were made up of the same selections: Ribbons in the 3.10 at Deauville at 10/1; Ansgar in the 4.15 at Goodwood at 10/1; and Kalaan in the 5.10 at The Curragh at 16/1. The football draw bet was at odds of 8/1. He placed the bets at Boylesports in Kildare town.

An employment support specialist for people with disabilities, he said he bets around €50 to €60 every week.

He said he is tipping Dublin to win the football All-Ireland next month as the team is "very strong, physically and mentally".

Aoife Heffron, a PR executive at Boylesports, said: "We would like to offer our congratulations to the lucky customer on their fantastic €170,000 win and wish them all the best in enjoying their winnings."

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