A lucky punter has won more than £92,000 after placing just a £2 bet on a football accumulator – but was too nervous to watch the final game.
Dean Clay, 48, correctly predicted 14 outcomes on this weekend’s football, including wins for Chelsea, Southampton and Crystal Palace.
The Chelsea fan, who has just bought a house and is expecting his first child, has scooped £92,944 – thanks to an additional bonus bookmakers Coral were offering.
Mr Clay, of Southampton, Hants, couldn’t believe his luck when all of his Saturday predictions landed and then the last one came in on Sunday.
He said: “I was watching Soccer Saturday with my wife and as the results came on screen I started to get really excited.
“When Southampton scored in the 93rd minute, I rang my family to let them know that I was on the brink of winning a huge amount of money.”
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.
Mr Clay said: “I decided to play some golf as 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 all the boys from the club house came running down cheering and I knew I had won. The game finished 2-2.
“I needed a stiff drink, I couldn’t believe it. Things like this don’t happen to ordinary people like me.”
Mr Clay originally thought he has won £69,000, but thanks to a bonus Coral was offering on that particular coupon, his total winnings amounted to a life-changing £92,944.
He said: “My wife and I are expecting our first child and have just bought a house so this couldn’t have come at a better time.