When it comes to sports betting, you can expect to make a few dollars, if not hundreds of dollars. However, a few lucky players have won millions of dollars by betting on their favorite teams.
Online sports betting has increased in popularity because it allows sports bettors to simply make wagers on their favorite teams, as you can see if you will click here. Here are the biggest sports betting wins in history for horse racing, cricket, rugby, and American football.
1. $14,000,000 for an anonymous bettor
One lucky bettor earned $14 million in the 2017 World Series after placing a successful wager on the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. The bettor placed many bets and let it ride for up to six games. The punter, according to speculations, was Eastern European and under 30 years old. He was betting with several Las Vegas bookies. Following game six on November 1, 2017, he won a massive victory.
2. Billy Walters – $3.5 million
Billy Walters, a well-known poker player and a regular presence at several of the best online lotteries, ventured into sports betting and rapidly rose to prominence. During Super Bowl XLIV, he wagered a whopping $3.5 million on the New Orleans Saints. The New Orleans Saints considered underdogs at the time, overcame the Indianapolis Colts in a spectacular victory, and went on to win their first-ever Super Bowl by a score of 31-17.
While the actual amount Walters gained from his risk is unknown, it had to be a large sum. Certainly, one of the greatest athletic event successes in history.
3. Vegas Dave (Dave Oancea) – $2.5 million
The gambler from Las Vegas who goes by the moniker “Vegas Dave” apparently likes to choose HUGE wins, to the tune of $2.5 million. In 2015, Dave wagered money on the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series with odds of 30.00. Because of the risk, Dave had to share his wager among 15 bookmakers because no one was ready to take on such massive responsibility on their own. After the Kansas City Royals won the World Series in 2015, Dave got a whopping $2.5 million.
4. James Adducci – $1.2 million
When Tiger’s difficulties began to surface in tabloids, it severely harmed the famed golfer’s career, prompting numerous commentators to pronounce him permanently out of contention. So, when James Adducci placed $85,000 on Woods to win the 2019 Masters Tournament, few people would have given him much of a chance.
It was a risky gamble, but the bettor didn’t let it bother him, and it paid off nicely. Adducci made $1.2 million on his futures gamble with William Hill, earning an astonishing 1,312% return on investment. Which is the best? It was Adducci’s first sports wager.
5. Fred Craggs – $1,258,288
Fred Craggs, 60, accomplished his lifetime ambitions when he won £1 million from a modest 50p ($62) stake. He had gambled on an eight-fold accumulator for horse racing events all around the world. The UK citizen from Yorkshire had no idea he had won the seven-figure sum until he went to the same local bookmaker to place another stake. A no-limit bet would have netted him £1.4 million. Nonetheless, £1 million is a good lot of money!
6. Mick Gibbs – $629,237
Mick Gibbs is one of the unlucky recipients of astronomical odds. Gibbs, a roofer by profession, won £500,000 ($629,237) on a £0.30 (about $0.38) stake on a 15-leg accumulator at odds of +166666600. The most recent match between Valencia and Bayern Munich resulted in penalties, earning him a large chunk of money for correctly predicting all 14 outcomes.’
7. Peter Edwards – $157,333
Pete Edwards, Harry Wilson’s 62-year-old grandfather, is confident that his grandson will one day play professional football for Wales. Wilson’s performance earned Edwards £125,000 ($157,333).