Accumulator bets are big money for sportsbooks across the world. The temptation of a huge win from a small bet can often lure punters into wagers that stand next to no chance of winning. Every now and then though, a sports accumulator does come good.
Here’s a selection of the biggest sports accumulator wins across sports like the NFL, horse racing, soccer, rugby, cricket, and basketball.
Let it Ride Gambler Wins $14 Million
One punter took riding their luck to a whole new level last year. The individual placed a successful winning bet on game one of the 2017 World Series between the LA Dodgers and the Houston Astros. In a moment of crazed genius, the gambler let it ride not for just the next game but right up to game six. OK, so it’s not strictly an accumulator but it was a series of bets accumulated together to produce a mammoth win.
It was rumored that the winning gambler was younger than 30 years of age, Eastern European, and was spreading their bets across Las Vegas sports books. Despite speculation that they were going to let it ride for one more game, the gambler walked away with winnings of $14 million after game six on 1st November 2017.
Horse Racing Punter Wins £1.45 Million off £2 Bet
The world’s biggest known accumulator win came in March 2011 in the UK, when plumbing engineer Steve Whiteley managed to win a staggering £1.45 million from a noble £2 bet.
Whiteley, from Tawton in Devon, selected six winners on the Exeter Tote Jackpot from a choice of horse race meets across the UK and Ireland.
His accumulator consisted of Semicolon (2/1), Black Phantom (12/1), Ammunition (16/1), Mr Bennett (16/1), Lundy Sky (5/1), and Lupita (12/1).
Craggs Wins Big with £1 Million from 50p Bet
If you are looking for a glorious rags to riches story, you want the winner’s profile to fit the bill.
It does not come more perfect than 60-year-old fertilizer salesman Fred Craggs from Yorkshire, UK who won £1 million from a small 50p bet.
Craggs placed an 8-fold accumulator with William Hill and his selections came from horse race meets scheduled across the globe.
Bizarrely, Craggs was not even aware he had become a millionaire until he visited the same bookmaker to place another bet.
“A no-limit bet would have produced about £1.4m but Hill’s capped it at £1m. Interviewed after his nice little touch, Fred argued that he had in fact wasted 10p, since a 40p accumulator would have done the job just as nicely.” – BigDipper
Anonymous Master Stroke Wins £823k off £19 Wager
Horse racing was once again the sport of choice for one anonymous punter who secured an £823,000 win from a £19 accumulator bet.
The odds were high but the larger bet stake allowed the individual to win such a high amount.
The lucky winner was from the UK county of Leicestershire and bet on a 5-fold from a selection of horse racing meets back in April of this year.
The bet remains the largest ever win paid out by bookmaker Coral.
Dettori’s Magic Seven Pays Out £550k from £67 Wager
Darren Yates is a name synonymous with horse racing betting. On 28th September, 1996, he wrote his name in sports betting history when he correctly predicted the outcome of Frankie Dettori’s historic Magic Seven race wins at Ascot.
A £67.58 bet raked in £550,823. Dettori’s achievement is one of the greatest in horse racing history and the accumulator win only adds to the legend.
World Series Double Seals $375k Win for Cardinals Fan
In the 2011 World Series, one St Louis Cardinals fan began to get carried away with his team’s success. The anonymous punter decided to place a bet of his team reaching the World Series at $250 at 500/1. This was then followed by another $250 wager backing his team to win the World Series at 999/1.
As the history books show, it was to be the Cardinals year. They breezed through to the World Series before defeating Texas Rangers 4-3 in game seven. This led to the unidentified punter winning $375,000 off their double bet.
Stateside Parlay Earns $305k Pay Out On $5 Bet
The UK might be renowned for its massive sports accumulator wins but the US can also deliver a big winner every now and again too.
An anonymous punter from Las Vegas won $305,000 from a $5 parlay bet on a selection of basketball matches with William Hill back in March 2016.
The punter backed a selection of college teams on the Saturday and Sunday, whilst also selecting NBA teams Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors to win on the Saturday. This left him needing Kansas to win on the Monday, which they did. Boom!
MGM Resorts Bettor Seals $250k Parlay Win
Las Vegas casino MGM Resorts’ sports book took a lucrative $8,500 5-team parlay bet from one audacious punter. The winning bet came in on Monday 18th September, 2017 when the Detroit Lions defeated New York Giants 24-10 to seal the parlay that also included Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, and LA Raiders.
The anonymous bettor took home $250,000 from the win. It was also reported that he had also won $30,000 on the Sunday night from a 3-team parlay worth $5,000 that covered the Ravens, Chiefs, and Raiders.
Polia’s 15-Team Epic Wins $100k
We cannot end this list without a special tip of the hat to one Las Vegas native who produced one of the most courageous parlays of all time.
26-year-old Tayla Polia placed an outrageous 15-team parlay on a selection of NFL games at odds of 20,000/1.
Her bet included Vikings -5, Falcons +3, Texans +1, Chiefs -8, Redskins +1, Patriots -14, Cardinals -4, Giants +5, Seahawks -14, Packers -3, Chargers -2, Steelers -6, Steelers/ Broncos over 45, Bengals -4, and Lions +3. She guessed them all correctly and won $100,0000.
It might not be the biggest win in terms of money but it certainly is one of the biggest in terms of sheer guts judging by the selections made.