People with the most amazing luck in gambling

October 20, 2020

Sports betting and gambling can be a lucrative past-time. Here are 5 cases of lucky punters that won millions while betting barely few rands. 

1.  Lucky Granny wins 154 Times

The odds for this story are 1 in 1.56 Trillion. Patricia Demauro only played craps one other time, but tired of the slots, she picked up the dice and started off with her lucky roll. Four hours and 18 minutes later, she had won and broke the world record for the longest craps roll. She never disclosed how much se won, but experts suggest it was likely millions.


2.   2,000,000 to 1 odds

Fred Craggs celebrated his 60th birthday by making a R10 bet on horses. The odds of this bet were 2 million to 1. But the unthinkable happened when he won.

He didn’t even realize he won until he walked into the local bookmaker’s office to place more wagers.

He was surely a happy man with his R21 million winnings.

3.   Betting every cent

Ashley Revell, emptied his savings account and sold everything he owned, including his clothes. Ashley had a whopping R2.2 million and went for an all or nothing roulette spin. After the wheel worked its magic, he turned his cash into R4.4 million.


4.   Winning Seven Races in One Day

Franki Dettori, one of the greatest jockeys of all time, was schedule to compete in seven races on one day at Ascot racecourse. Gambler Darren Yates bet a combined R1444 on Dettori’s ability to win all seven events.

Yates’ total winnings that day amounted to R11 773 078.


5. Charity receives R2.1 million

Even thought charities are used to receiving all sorts of donation, not many are winning betting slips.

Nick Newlife regretted not betting on Roger Federer winning his first Wimbledon title in 2003. He decided to bet that the player would win six more Wimbledon titles by 2019. His R32 000 wager came through when Federer won his sixth Wimbledon title in 2012.

Sadly, Newlife passed away in 2009. He left the betting slip in his will to Oxfam charity, who collected the R2.1 million prize.


Traditional sports betting strategy doesn’t advocate making risky bets. These wagers rarely come through and can slowly drain your bankroll.

But you can see that it’s sometimes possible to win risky wagers and net giant pay-outs.


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