Bookmakers stung by a football fan who scooped a £500,000 windfall on a remarkable 30p accumulator bet kept tight-lipped about the identity of the punter.
The unnamed Manchester United fan from Lichfield, Staffs, won the massive cash prize after the side which knocked his club out of the 2013 competition, Bayern Munich, carried off the Champions League title in 2013.
It came after the successful supporter, thought to be a self-employed businessman in his 50s, placed a single 30p stake on a 15-event accumulator in the month of August.
The same man, whose winning odds of 1,666,666-to-one are believed to be a world record, scooped £157,000 from a £2.50 accumulator in 1999 when Manchester United won the Champions League final.
But there was no sign of him at the William Hill shop in Upper St John Street, Lichfield afterwards.
Manageress Janet Dykes said he regularly placed “ante-post” bets but was not a regular customer and would be very discreet about his audacious win.
“He’s a nice, normal family man,” said Mrs Dykes, who paid out on his last successful win two years ago.
“He had to produce that winner last night. When I do speak to him, I shall give him a piece of my mind to have to go through all that again!”
Mrs Dykes, 44, from Atherstone, Warwickshire, also revealed that after picking up his £157,000 winnings, he told staff: “I’m going to do you again!”
“I was happy for him last night, but at the same time, I thought ‘Oh no, not again’. It’s like winning the Lottery twice. It’s the biggest win I’ve ever dealt with,” she added.
The man correctly predicted this season’s champions of the top five English leagues and the three lower Scottish divisions.
He also backed Leicester to win the rugby union Premiership, Surrey to win last season’s county cricket championship, Gloucester to win rugby’s NatWest Trophy and Arsenal, Hibernian and Falkirk to win their matches on the weekend of August 21/22 the previous year.
That left the Red Devils fan praying for Bayern to win tonight’s Champions League Final, in which they beat Valencia 5-4 in a heart-stopping penalty shootout.
Regular punter Lee Phillips, 37, said he was pleased for the man and was hoping his luck would rub off on him.
The landscaper said: “It must have been horrible for him last night. I had an idea of the bet beforehand but I didn’t think he was going to pull it off.
“I try different bets and a lot of other people will now be tempted to do the same thing. It has been proved it can be done. I might try a 60p stake and get a bit more.”