As the 2010’s draw to a close, we can reveal the shrewd picks from punters which cost them big this decade.
Paddy Power’s biggest accumulator win hit came in 2013, when a bettor hit the bookie for £986,807 from a tenner bet on a horse racing six-fold.
The wager consisted of three races from both Naas and Galway in a 90-minute period and became the highest pay-out of the decade for the Irish bookmakers.
Next up was a £5 seven-team result & BTTS football acca, landing £276,413 for the lucky winner in 2015, the bet featured wins in the MLS and Brazilian Serie A.
Also in 2015 – a lucky year, evidently – one winner placed a £1 17-leg accumulator across the Champions League, Championship and League One, netting £206,262.
The bet featured wins for Barcelona over Manchester City, Juventus to beat Borussia Dortmund, Brighton to beat Leeds and Brentford to beat Blackpool – where they hammered them 4-0.
Back to horse racing, and £2 turned into £170,163 in 2016 when one bettor had a win or each-way eight-fold acca.
They correctly predicted the winner of the Dubai World Cup (California Chrome), the Sheema Classic (Postponed) alongside three races each from Haydock and Kempton to scoop the cash.
That year also saw one racing bettor correctly predict the entire card of the first day of Cheltenham, including Sprinter Sacre overcoming favourite Un De Sceaux to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
They also backed Blaklion to land the RSA Chase at odds of 8/1, and in total bagged £109,944 for their lucky picks for a £7 stake.
While a correct result & Both Teams To Score selection from eight different competitions saw one punter land £145,669.
The fiver bet predicted Liverpool would beat Crystal Palace BTTS, with the game ending 4-2, while they believed Newcastle would beat Preston without a return goal – the result was a 6-0 win for the Magpies.
Asked about the bets spokesman Paddy Power said: “Looking back at the biggest wins of the 2010’s is incredible – I’m still convinced the lad who managed to predict 17 football match results is actually a time traveller.
“These are life-changing wins, and it certainly changed my life when I realised there was a super-human amongst us that can predict a full day at Cheltenham.”
Top 10 accumulators of the decade
1. £10 on a racing six-fold in 2013, winning £986,807
2. £5 on a seven-team football accumulator in 2015, winning £276,413
3. £10 on an 18-team accumulator in 2013, winning £246,342
4. £10 on a six-horse accumulator in 2010, winning £243,941
5. £1 on a 17-leg football accumulator in 2015, winning £206,262
6. £12 on five horses in 2010, winning £197,595
7. £2 on eight horses in 2016, returning £170,163
8. £5 on eight different football result & BTTS in 2016, landing £145,669
9. £7 on the first day of Cheltenham in 2016, winning £109,944
10. £10 on eight horses in 2012, winning £116,971