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Knutsford gambler scoops £250,000 after predicting six scores
A KNUTSFORD man is £250,000 the richer after landing the ‘Super 6’ jackpot by predicting correct scores in six selected football matches on Saturday.
The bet, ran by SkyBet, was won by Ed Houghton, from Knutsford.
Ed, who was later told that odds on his selections coming in were 337,836/1, is planning a holiday after securing his winnings.
“As a Burnley fan it was a massive game (against Reading) and with them being in the ‘Super 6’ it made one of my predictions easy picking,” he said.
“It’s very soon after the win so it’s not quite sunk in yet but we’re looking at a Caribbean cruise to celebrate.”
The win will be all the sweeter as the top prize was hiked up from £100k to £250k for the new season after two years without a winner and, remarkably, it was Mr Houghton's first attempt at the free-to-play online game.
Mr Houghton was the only entrant of 505,731 to correctly predict the exact outcomes of Cardiff v Newcastle (1-2), Fulham v Stoke (1-0), Hull City v Aston Villa (0-0), Liverpool v Crystal Palace (3-1), Burnley v Reading (2-1) and QPR v Barnsley (2-0) thanks to Charlie Austin's late penalty for Harry Redknapp's side.
Mr Houghton joins an exclusive club of ‘Super 6’ winners along with Peter Townly and Jonathan Kilpatrick since it was launched in 2008.
The top prize was almost landed on the opening weekend of the Sky Bet Football League season, with one unlucky entrant denied by Luke Murphy's 94th-minute winner in Leeds’ 2-1 victory.
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