Friday 26 December 2014

Lucky Dublin punter bags €1m bonanza from Scoop6 bonus

Published 31/05/2014 | 16:06

YORK, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Top Boy (18) ridden by Adam McLean (R) wins The Bet Bright Trophy at York on May 31, 2014 in York, England.  (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
Top Boy (18) ridden by Adam McLean (R) wins The Bet Bright Trophy at York to give one Dublin punter a massive payout

A Dublin punter who became an instant millionaire last Saturday - picking six winners on the UK operated “Scoop6” pool bet - won another £800k (€1m) today.

The punter, a Ladbrokes customer in the capital, was one of eight punters who shared a £10.7million (€13.1m) win last week.

That record breaking win entitled them to compete again today for a lucrative bonus - if they could find the winner of the most difficult race today.

Seven of the eight winners, including the Dubliner, decided to pool their chances so they had seven horses  running in the 19 horse Betbright Trophy handicap at York.

It meant if one of the selections won they would then divide the €6.7 million bonus.

One of their selections,  a 12-1 shot Top Boy, won a race of high drama with the Derek Shaw-trained outsider getting up in the dying strides from Body And Soul and Secret Witness, neither of which were one of their bonus horses.

Two of the punters, including the lucky Dub enjoyed a stroke of good fortune while winning their first €1.6 million last week.

One of their original  selections became a non-runner. Under Scoop6 rules, such selections are then switched to the favourite, whichever horse that happens to be. As it turned out, the favourite in question won.

The eighth winner of last week’s big prize who decided to go it alone today and so didn’t win the bonus was UK based  wheelie bin cleaner Craig Brazier who is the only one of the winners who chose not to remain anonymous.

To win the Scoop6 pool, punters have to find the winners (or placed horses) in the six chosen races. The six races involved in the bet are chosen by Totepool the day before the bet occurs on a Saturday. They tend to choose very competitive races with lots of runners.

The minimum stake is £2

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