It’s hard watching someone else live your dream. Especially when that dream is quite literally free money.
As per The Sydney Morning Herald, one lucky punter — perhaps the world’s luckiest — hit a major lick over the weekend betting on this year’s The Everest race.
The Auckland-based hero took full advantage of a free-to-play promo run by New Zealand’s TAB: correctly predict the finishing order of all 12 horses competing for an eight-figure payout.
Which he miraculously did:
- Think About It
- I Wish I Win
- Private Eye
- In Secret
- Hawaii Five Oh
- Buenos Noches
- Alcohol Free
After 67 blood-pumping seconds of the world’s richest race, the fella in question was $10 million richer.
“I’m absolutely blown away,” said the winner.
“I saw the promotion on the [New Zealand] TAB site and thought I’d give it a crack. I didn’t put too much thought into my picks and just dropped the runners where I thought it could go.”
“I honestly could not believe I’d won it. I actually thought it was a hoax when they first rang me — I called the TAB back, and it took quite a lot of convincing before it sank in.”
He added: “To have pulled it off, winning $10 million in a free-to-play competition, is truly incredible for my family and I.”
The real kicker?
Our man initially had zero intentions to gamble on the horses. The $10 million promo was discovered while he was betting on the Rugby World Cup.