The first thing that comes to our mind when we think of sports betting is winning a couple of dollars, if not hundreds. But there have been cases where some bettors have been extremely lucky and won millions by betting on their favourite sports. Thanks to online betting websites, the number of bettors only increases. They can place bets on sports like cricket, basketball, golf, football, horse racing and many others.
Mentioned below are some of the most historic wins in the world of sports betting, which left people in awe:
Anonymous: $14 million
One lucky bettor won $14 million after placing a bet in the 2017 World Series between two giants, the Houston Astros and the L.A Dodgers. According to rumours, it is believed that the bettor was from eastern Europe and was less than 30 years old. He placed his bets across several sportsbooks in Las Vegas. His massive win came after the sixth game on November 1, 2017.
Billy Walters: $3.5 million
Before placing bets on sports, Billy Walters was a popular Poker player. He placed a single bet worth $3.5 million on the Super Bowl XLIV. The first Super Bowl was where the Indianapolis Colts went head to head against the New Orleans Saints. The New Orleans Saints were considered the underdogs, and Walters wagered their bet. They finally won their first-ever Super Bowl by defeating the opponents in a nail-biting match. The winning amount that Walters got is unknown but has to be massive.
Vegas Dave: $2.5 million
Vegas Dave won a whopping amount of $2.5 million when he placed his bets on the Kansas City Royals. He placed a $140,000 bet on them to win the World Series, which they did. However, the sportsbooks considered his bet as a liability because of which he had to split the bet across 15 different bookies and sportsbooks.
Steve Whiteley: £1.45 million
A 61-year-old engineer won a huge amount of £1.45 million from just a bet of £2. This win came from a horse racing match where Whiteley managed to equal six horses on a Jackpot. Surprisingly one of his horses had lost the last 28 races but won right when he placed his bet.
Semi-Colon, Ammunition, Lundy Sky, Black Phantom, Mr Bennett, and Lupita were the horses on which Steve Whiteley placed his bets.
James Adducci: $1.2 million
James Adducci decided to make a daring move by choosing to place a massive bet of $85,000 on the one and only Tiger Woods during the 2019 golf championship. Woods won the title that year, which rewarded Adducci $1.2 million.
Mike Gibbs: £500,000+
Gibbs decided to place a bet of just 30p on 16 different sports events. He correctly predicted the winners of the top five leagues of English Football, Scotland Football league’s bottom three, winners of the rugby union premiership, and the cricket county championship.
Mike Gibbs also guessed the outcome of the 2001 UEFA Champions League final correctly, where Bayern Munich defeated Valencia in a penalty shootout. This sealed the deal of £500,000+ for the anonymous bettor.
A lucky bettor from the UK won a total of £823,000 from just a £19 bet on a horse racing accumulator. His bet was comparatively higher and combined with higher odds, which led him to a massive win.
Fred Craggs: £1 million
Craggs is a fertilizer salesman in Yorkshire who popped into a betting shop named William Hill in Thirsk. He placed a bet of a mere 50p, and the rest is history.
The odds of this bet was 2,000,000/1, for which you need to be extremely lucky. Nevertheless, it was the perfect birthday gift for Fred Craggs, who celebrated his 60th birthday. He had segregated his bets into eight different horses, and luckily all eight of them won.
Tayla Polia: $100,000
Tayla Polia, from Las Vegas, may not completely understand what betting on the NFL is like but still managed to win $100,000 from her massive parlay on American Football.
She bought stakes worth just $5 and had a winning of 20,000:1. And yet she managed to pull off such a huge win. Call it beginners luck or lady luck, but it did a huge favour on Ms Polia.
One person from Suffolk decided to place his wager on 20 different teams. Yes, you heard that right, he selected 20 teams, and every one of them was correct, fetching him £223,000 in December 2016.
Some of these winnings are purely coincidental, and in some others, the bettors have done their homework properly and placed their bets after doing the math correctly. Either way, these are some crazy winning numbers that must have changed their lives.
- Is it easy to win online bets?
Winning online bets is much easier said than done. First, you need to do your research thoroughly to win your online bets. Without proper homework, there is no way for you to win online bets.
- What is the biggest win in the history of sports betting?
The biggest sports betting win to date is $14 million. An anonymous bettor won it after placing a bet in the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the L.A Dodgers.
- Is it possible to win every sports bet?
No, there is no definite way to guarantee that you will win every sports bet that you place. In fact, according to research, an average bettor loses more money than he wins by betting in sports.