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We hate him: Johnson goal nets Maltese punter £585k on a £1 bet

The unidentified man became a very wealthy man when his 19-game accumulator hit paydirt.

Image: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

AN UNIDENTIFIED 41-YEAR-OLD from Malta turned a £1 bet into £585,000 when Glen Johnson scored Liverpool’s winner against Chelsea on Sunday.

The gambler placed his 19-game accumulator online with William Hill and saw his dreams come true when Johnson completed his mazy run and slot the ball past Petr Cech in the Blues goal.

“We cannot recall any punter winning either this much on an accumulator, or landing such stratospheric odds – even though he wasn’t a Liverpool fan before, he tells us he is now!” said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.

“This late winner in the final game of the weekend left us feeling about as cheerful as under-pressure Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas. The weekend as a whole was football betting’s equivalent of racing’s Dettori day in 1996.

“All the best fancied teams in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues One & Two, Blue Square and SPL turned out be winners.”

‘Dettori Day’ saw the Italian jockey win all seven races on a single day at Ascot racecourse.

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