Thursday November 24,2011 : Fairy-tale ending for Maltese punter
 
An unnamed 41-year-old football punter from a small village in Malta will be ending his year Euro 683 739.88  richer after hitting it big on a less than Euro 1 accumulator bet placed online at William Hill.com.
 
Liverpool Football Club player Glen Johnson's late winning score against Chelsea landed record odds of 683 738/1 from bookmaker William Hill for the fortunate punter who had staked 1 Euro on an accumulator bet of 19 football results, the previous 18 of which had already won, leaving his entire wager riding on the outcome of the Chelsea-Liverpool game in which the visitors were 7/2 underdogs.
 
"We cannot recall any punter winning either this much on an accumulator, or landing such stratospheric odds- even though he wasn’t a Liverpool fan before, he tells us he is now!" said Graham Sharpe, a William Hill spokesman.
 
"Football punters were already celebrating the biggest winning weekend in living memory as all the best fancied teams in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues One & Two, Blue Square, SPL and William Hill Scottish Cup turned out be winners", added Sharpe.
 
"This late winner in the final game of the weekend left us feeling about as cheerful as under-pressure Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas. The weekend as a whole was football betting's equivalent of racing's Dettori day in 1996, when Frankie rode all seven winners at Ascot, costing the industry almost GBP 50million.
 
“Punters backing long-odds accumulative bets like the one described here were the biggest winners, most of them collecting four and five figure sums from modest stakes."