A hopeful punter was left cursing his luck after Luton Town stopped him from winning a close to half a million pounds.
Scott Walker, 22, from Cardiff, included the Hatters’ seemingly winnable home tie against relegation threatened York City on an accumulator– along with eight other Tuesday night fixtures.
When putting down his £3 stake Scott accidentally upped the odds so that as well as each result needing to be correct, every team also had to score– inflating the possible jackpot to an eye-watering £464,617.97.
Remarkably every result bar a Luton victory came in for the 22-year-old, as the Hatters were unable to find a winner after coming from two goals behind.
As a result Scott missed out on a life-changing sum of money.
He exclusively told the Herald & Post: “I meant to put down a standard accumuluator but it ended up being one where every team had to score, I didn’t think it had a chance of coming in so I didn’t really follow the scores.
“I was on the phone and only ended up looking at about 9.15pm...I didn’t even think about checking the scores before then.”
Scott thought that his luck was in after Shrewsbury Town scored twice to go ahead 2-1 in added time, leaving a Luton win the final piece in the puzzle.
The Hatters had themselves come from behind in dramatic fashion– two goals from substitute Mark Cullen putting them in the driver’s seat to snatch three points.
But a debateable red card for captain Steve McNulty stifled the charge and despite a few close calls Luton could not find a winning goal.
Scott, who works at Costco in Cardiff, said: “After the Shrewsbury goals went in I thought it might actually happen.
“The Luton match looked like a game that had been delayed and was still going, it’s really frustrating it didn’t come in.
“I thought it would have happened, especially since they were playing second from bottom in the league.”
The 22-year-old admitted that he had already started to spend the bumper jackpot before it came in.
He joked: “My life would have been sorted!
“I did think about buying a house and having a nice holiday.
“The funny thing is that I stopped doing accumulators for a while, then I won £520 last week.
“I’ll definitely be doing another one of these bets.”
He added: “I probably wouldn’t put Luton in it again!”
Ladbrokes spokesperson Alex Donohue told the Herald & Post: “Scott came agonisingly close to defying the odds so we’re breathing a big sigh of relief and raising a glass to Luton Town tonight.
“We’ve not seen a loser as unlucky in a while though, so we’re sending him a few quid in free bets to see if he can make up for it as his luck must be due to change.”