ONE lucky punter didn't need Jeremy Clarkson to become a millionaire this weekend after collecting £1,039,554 from a six-fold accumulator.
The Betfair customer placed £11.50 on a mixture of football and golf selections at colossal odds of 90,396/1!
The patient punter's journey began with England and Croatia winning their final Euro 2020 group games against the Czech Republic and Scotland last Tuesday.
That's the easy bit…
With the football done and dusted, the bettor switched to the weekend's golf action at some very sizeable odds.
Steve Stricker secured a six-stroke victory in the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship at 5/1.
14/1 shot Nelly Korda won the KPMG Womens PGA Championship after firing four-under in her final round before Viktor Hovland held on to win the BMW International Open.
Going into Sunday evening, this punter had won five of his six selections and everything rested on Harris English, who was backed at 35/1!
And if things weren't already tense enough – Harris finished level with fellow American Kramer Hickok to force a play-off at the Travelers Championship in the early hours of Monday morning.
But the wait was more than worthwhile as English sunk a 20-foot birdie putt on the eighth hole of the play-off – the longest Tour play-off in nine years!
Speaking about the winning moment, the England football fan said: "I thought I was going to have a heart attack when the winning putt went in, I couldn't believe it."
"I've enjoyed watching the football, so I included a couple of Euros matches and I watch quite a lot of golf. I was sure that Hovland Korda and Steve Stricker were good bets, but I was a little unsure on Harris English.
"When he won the play-off I was very relieved, I thought he had lost it after some wayward tee shots on the 18th hole."
Asked about what he plans to do with his winnings, he said: "I think I'm going to take a couple of months off work to take my partner travelling.
"I like playing golf too and I’d like to take some friends to the USA to play TPC Sawgrass.
"Hopefully, I'll be able to celebrate even more if England beat Germany. I think it will be a great game and I believe England will put the demons to bed and win 2-1."
Betfair Spokesperson, Sam Rosbottom said: “We’re delighted for this London punter and couldn’t be happier to pay out such a large amount of money.
“Since his big win, we’ve been in touch to help with his withdrawal and to deliver his big win education where we discuss the importance of controlling play, applying safer gambling tools, and coming to terms with a sum like £1 million.
“We share his optimism for the England match and hope the rest of the nation will be able to celebrate a win for Southgate’s side.”
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- Establishes time and monetary limits before playing
- Only gambles with money they can afford to lose
- Never chase their losses
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