Kentucky Derby Bettor Turns $15 Bet Into $1.2-Million
An unidentified woman watched her life change forever when Justify crossed the finish line ahead of the pack during Saturday’s 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. While doing some off-track betting at Retama Park in Selma, Texas, the Austin woman miraculously hit an $18 Pick 5 bet that earned her a whopping $1.2-million.
For those who are new to the whole horse gambling thing, a pick 5 bet is won by correctly picking the winner of five different races. In this case, the woman correctly predicted the winners of races eight (Limousine Liberal at 4-1), nine (Maraud at 8-1), ten (Funny Duck at 14-1), and eleven (Yoshida at 10-1) at Churchill Downs. After plucking those four winners, all she needed was Justify to pull through in race 12, and she’d be a millionaire. Of course, we all know how that ended.
Winning over a million bucks on such a small wager is almost unheard of, not only in horse gambling but in any type of gambling, period. According to a spokesperson at Retama, it’s the first time it has happened in the park’s history.
For the sake of comparison, Justify’s owners earned $1.432-million after their thoroughbred crossed the finish line first on Saturday — just $232,000 more than the lucky bettor from Austin.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]