Devon janitor wins over $225K on single wager at Cheltenham
March 22, 2018 9:57 AM
by Robert Mann
A janitorial company operator from Devon in Southwest England gathered up over £160,000 ($225,000 US) on a single wager at the recent horseracing meet at Cheltenham and is now taking seven pals to Las Vegas to celebrate.
Martin Palk, 55, bet only £1 ($1.41 US) each way on the “Lucky 31”, a popular bet that’s a combination of a Pick 5 and a round-robin wager, nailing the huge windfall from UK bookmaker Betfred. The cash-out was bolstered by an additional bookmaker bonus payout offered on the wager.
Before the last leg of the wager, he joked he would take his mates to world’s gambling capital, Las Vegas, if he won.
Palk told local media, “It was a bit of banter, but I’m a man of my word, so the ‘Magnificent Seven’ are off to the Strip. It will cost me £10,000 ($14,000 US), and I’ve told them they could bring their own spending money.”
Palk’s winners went off at odds of 5/1, 9/1, 12/1, 7/1 and 10/1.
He said, “I really didn’t think I had any chance in the last race which was a 10/1 shot and that’s why I promised we’ll all go to Vegas on me if I did win. We are going to meet next week and sort out the details and check none of us has any criminal records! Then there is the question of permission from the wives but can’t see any problem on that front.”
Palk told reporters, “Next day I was at work at 5 am as usual. I had to be because everyone else had been celebrating with me and phoned in sick. I tell you what we won’t be saving it (the money) or anything boring like that, money is for spending and having a good time.”