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Scottish punter wins twenty grand after cashing out bet

James McMillan, from Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Scotland, correctly predicted the results of the nine matches from the Premier League which took place across Saturday and Sunday. His final selection on his £20 accumulator was Everton to beat West Brom, which takes place later this evening.

However, the retired Manchester United fan has opted to activate Coral’s cash out facility rather than leave his bet standing on tonight’s game where an Everton victory would have given him just over £48,000.

“Every weekend I place a football bet over the phone with matches from the English Premier League and Scottish Premier League, however, this weekend I stuck to the action south of the border. When I checked the results on Sunday, I could not believe my luck,” said a jubilant McMillan.

“I chose to accept Coral’s cash out offer as this is a lot of money to win for just a £20 stake and I did not want to risk being left with nothing if Everton did not win,” added McMillan.

Coral spokesman, John Hill said, “Coral only recently launched their cash out facility which gives punters a ‘Deal or No Deal’ type opportunity to take a sum of money rather than let their bets play out. James had a very difficult decision to make this afternoon but when I spoke to him he was very happy with the decision he had made.”

The Tarbert resident had a dream holiday to Canada in 2014 and is now delighted he can afford to return there in 2015, “I am looking to book a holiday to Canada later this year and treat my sons to a few quid so I am over the moon,” added McMillan.

Britain’s bookmakers have suffered their worst weekend of football results in the history which is now estimated to have cost the industry in excess of £40 million.

“This has been the worst weekend of football results we have ever encountered. Thousands of punters have turned minimal stakes into five-figure pay-outs in which the updated industry loss is now thought to be over £40 million,” said Coral’s John Hill.