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19th Apr 2017

Lucky Irish punter claims a whopping €95,000 from a 50 cent bet

Conor Heneghan

And you thought you had a good long weekend.

Checking one’s bank balance is something that many people go out of their way to avoid after a long weekend (particularly a four-day long weekend) but one punter in Athlone had reason to feel pretty good about himself after Easter.

Last Thursday, the punter in question placed a 50c bet on the UK lotto at a Ladbrokes branch in Mardyke Street in Athlone, which came good for a cool €95,000.

The punter, who may well be carrying a smug look around the streets of Athlone this week, selected 8, 16, 10, 23 and 19 as his numbers, placing 25c on the six number draw at 300,000/1 and another 25c on the draw including the bonus number at odds of 80,000/1.

Commenting on the gigantic windfall, Hayley O’Connor of Ladbrokes said: “This lucky punter got more than a few eggs this Easter. While most people spent the bank holiday weekend piling on the pounds, he’s pulled in tens of thousands of euros.

“All we can say is fair play, he’s definitely defied the odds!”

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