Wednesday 2. November, 2016

West Australian Publican Become Luckiest Punter in the Melbourne Cup

One man has become $241,000 richer after he accidentally place a $10 bet in the Melbourne Cup yesterday which won. The 27-year old West Australian publican became one of the luckiest punters in the history of the race.

Josh Webber, owner of the Loosefoot Saloon Bar in Wundowie, thought he had won nothing on the race until he checked his Sportsbet app and discovered the $241,000 in his account. Webber had placed a small $10 bet that listed the first four horses to cross the line in the correct order. However, he placed the bet by mistake.

“Usually I just put a few of these little outside punts on and see if my balance goes up a bit,” explained Webber.

“It took a while to load. I went through my pending bets and it didn’t say any were winners.”

“I thought I had them boxed, but with the odds I think it must have been in order. There was no checking the form or anything. It was just a stab in the dark.”

Webber says he plans to use the money to first take his staff out for a Christmas party. He then plans to invest in his business which he took over two years ago and is looking to install an in-house TAB in his pub.

With punters placing 3,000 bets per second via the TAB alone, they generated more than $100 million on the race, up from $98 million generated on last year’s race. The betting agency is expecting to collect $400 million over the four-day carnival.

Run yesterday, the $6.2 million race was the 156th Melbourne Cup. It is the richest handicap race internationally and offers the largest prize in sports throughout Australia.

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