One lucky punter became an instant multi-millionaire on Saturday as his Pick 6 ticket returned a cool R3.37 million.
The fortunate fellow took a virtually full Pick 6 perm for R2,800 at Betting World Emperors Palace. The perm was structured Field x 9 (Mighty High) x Field x Field x 6 (Bold Respect) x 1 (Waywood) – for just over 99% of the bet.
Three bankers and three fields later he was in line for a life-changing sum. He didn’t even have to sweat at the death as Waywood came home a comfortable winner by almost two lengths in the last leg.
The bet was placed just after 1pm on Saturday.
The upsets began in Race 4, Leg 1 of the Pick 6, with the arrival of 14-1 shot Hashtag Strat. Then Mighty High won the Allan Robertson Championship at 11-1, followed by Van Halen in the Gold Medallion at 28-1.
The number of surviving tickets after those shocks was pruned back further by the 15-1 winner of the SA Fillies Sprint, Sommerlied.
The last two legs of the Pick 6 offered some respite, but by then the damage was done. Bold Respect won the Tsogo Sun Sprint at 11-2 and Waywood the last race at 5-1.
There were just 1.07 winning tickets in total for the R3,398,460 dividend.
The Jackpot delivered a tidy R78,063.
The Place Accumulator paid R2,301 and the BiPot R6,791.
The top-paying Quartet of the day was in Race 6, with Van Halen, Cue The Music, Chimichuri Run and Goliath Heron paying R37,671.