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Could you pick the champions of England and Scotland, across a variety of sports?
The accumulator bet is one of football’s great joys. A low-stake, high-reward gamble, it makes you care about teams you previously had no interest in, while also testing your football knowledge across the spectrum of the game.
In 2001, an unnamed fan from Lichfield in Staffordshire got one over on his local bookies when he successfully predicted the champions of the top five English leagues, as well as the three lower Scottish divisions, the rugby union premiership and NatWest Trophy, the county cricket championship and three English and Scottish football matches taking place in August, via The Guardian.
His stake was 30p and he took home £500,000, beating odds of 1,666,666-1. However, that’s not even the best part of it. The Daily Mail reported that he had already cleaned the same bookies out two years earlier, with a £2.50 bet that netted him £157,000.