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Cheltenham delight for punter who made £250k from £1 a bet

| 18.03.2017

While Cheltenham Festival produced some unforgettable races and endless drama, it’s fair to say that one Ladbrokes customer enjoyed the final day more than most, thanks to a Lucky 31 bet at £1 a selection each-way, which produced an incredible £251,384 win.

The 67-year-old factory worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, backed Arctic Fire in the County Hurdle at 22/1, Penhill in the Albert Bartlett at 14/1, Pacha Du Polder in the Foxhunter at 22/1, and Champagne Classic in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at 25/1.

And the savvy punter could have gone on to notch up a million-pound win had Dodging Bullets won the final race of the festival. But our customer was utterly delighted with the winnings he chalked up.

The inspired Cheltenham bet which saw us pay out a cool £250k

The inspired Cheltenham bet which saw us pay out a cool £250k


He told Ladbrokes: “I love my racing and always like to have a bet during the Cheltenham Festival. I don’t bet much, but when I do, it’s always on outsiders and each-way as well. I was watching the racing in my local Ladbrokes shop and when I realised that my bet could come in, I couldn’t stand to watch anymore so I left.”

But when Champagne Classic crossed the line in the day’s penultimate race, the windfall of this plucky punter’s dreams was secured.

Our wise winner continued: “As soon as I realised that I won this amount of money, I was ecstatic, but it hasn’t quite sunk in yet, my heart is still pounding. My wife has always wanted a bungalow and now we can buy one and make the dream happen.”

Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: “In a week where bookmakers emerged as the winners, this one punter made sure we didn’t get away scot-free. However, after making some incredible predictions, we couldn’t be happier to pay the winnings to a lifelong racing fan.”

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.