Wednesday 21 March 2018

Punter scoops more than €190,000 on 14-match football accumulator

Dean Clay celebrates winning more than €190,000 on a 14-match football accumulator
Dean Clay celebrates winning more than €190,000 on a 14-match football accumulator Newsdesk and Agencies

A Chelsea fan in the UK man has won more than €190,000 after the final match in his 14-match football accumulator between Burnley and West Brom ended in a draw.

Dean Clay correctly predicted 14 outcomes on this weekend's football, including wins for Chelsea, Southampton and Crystal Palace and won £92,944 after placing the £2 bet and won an additional bonus on offer from Coral.

He originally thought he had won £69,882 (€92,000) but when he went to his local Coral shop, in Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh, Hants, he was told he had actually won a bonus taking his total winnings up to £92,944.

He said: "When we went in this morning and they told us about the bonus, our legs nearly gave way.

"The only slight inclination I had about the bonus was that someone on Twitter said you may be in line for a bonus on a win of that size but I didn't think any more of it.

"It's just amazing."

Mr Clay and his wife Laura, 32, had finalised the mortgage on a new home on Friday before scooping the windfall over the weekend.

Mr Clay, a group risk account manager for Aviva UK, often places three £2 bets each week - and takes part in the bookmakers Coral's weekend coupon.

For the bet to land, Mr Clay needed Burnley to draw with West Brom on Sunday afternoon - but was too nervous to watch the game and opted instead to play a round of golf.

He said: "I couldn't bear to watch the game and when I heard Burnley were winning 2-0, I thought it was game over.

"I was on the 16th hole when I realised I had won. I did not know what to do with myself. I just had a feeling of amazement."

The game finished 2-2.

He added: "I needed a stiff drink, I couldn't believe it. Things like this don't happen to ordinary people like me!

"My wife and I were both up at 4am this morning, drinking tea and still trying to process it all."

The couple, who are expecting their first child in July, will be using their winnings to put a bigger deposit down on their new home.

Mr Clay said: "We want to pay quite a bit more for the deposit on the house which will make life a bit easier.

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