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Penalty scores gambler massive win

by ivy on May 25th, 2001 LONDON, England -- A British gambler is celebrating after Bayern Munich's European Cup success landed him £500,000 ($750,000) -- from a 30p (50c) stake.

The European Championship result was the last event on the Manchester United fan's 15-part accumulator bet which he placed last August.

UK bookmaker said the winner, who has not been named, is in his 50s and from Staffordshire, central England.

The winning odds are estimated to be 1,666,666-to-one, the UK's Press Association news agency reported. He scooped his windfall after correctly predicting this season's champions of the top five English leagues and the three lower Scottish divisions.

The punter also backed Leicester to win the UK rugby union Premiership, Surrey to win last season's county cricket championship, Gloucester to win rugby's NatWest Trophy and Arsenal, Hibernian and Falkirk to win their matches on the weekend of August 21/22 last year. That left the Manchester United fan praying for Bayern to win last night's Champions League Final at Milan's San Siro stadium.

But he had to wait for the maximum time possible. After drawing 1-1 at full-time, the match remained unresolved after extra-time. Eventually, after a thrilling penalty shoot-out, Bayern Munich beat Valencia 5-4.

William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe told the Press Association: "Even the National Lottery can't win you half a million for 30p. "This is probably the most remarkable multiple sports bet that I have ever seen in a quarter century in the game." He said the same man scooped £157,000 ($226,000) from a £2.50 ($3.25) accumulator in 1999 when Man Utd won the Champions League final -- ironically, beating Bayern Munich.

Sharpe, who has been involved in bookmaking for 27 years, added: "His first win was the bet of a lifetime. "To win such a large amount from such a small stake for a second time is utterly unprecedented. It's a little bit greedy to do it twice, but he has obviously got the knack."

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