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Betting slip gaffe sees teen miss 31.2m win

A TEENAGE barman who correctly predicted 14 football scores partied with friends and family thinking that he had won £1m (€1.2m) – only to find out he had used the wrong betting slip.

Student Jordan Donnellan (19) had got 11 out of 11 matches right and was waiting for the last three results to come through on Sunday at his local pub in County Durham.

The pressure cranked up after Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis 2-0 in Seville, and Stoke beat Aston Villa at Villa Park 4-1. His final bet was for Juventus to beat Catania in the Italian top league.

A group of around 25 friends and family cheered as striker Carlos Tevez scored for Juve, and the party went wild at the final whistle, thinking his £1 (€1.2) accumulator had netted him a million.


Mr Donnellan took the slip into his local Ladbrokes where the results were checked the following day.

He said an assistant told him he would have to return as the shop did not have that amount of cash on the premises. But when he came back three hours later, his mistake had been spotted.

He had filled out a Weekend Result Rush – which requires both teams to score, and offers higher odds – instead of the Weekend Quickslip form he thought he had used.

The student said: "I genuinely believed I was going to win £1m."

Ladbrokes said if he had correctly filled out the Weekend Quickslip, he would have won less than £1m.