The 33-year-old man, who only opened a betting account with William Hill last week and wished to remain anonymous, placed the ten-team accumulator on Saturday morning before he headed out with his family for the day.
“It wasn’t until I got back home from the park that I checked my account and saw how much I had won,” said the Cambridgeshire man, who didn’t even know that it was Cox’s goal that had scooped the incredible win.
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His account was set up on February 7, 2015 and was intended to be a bit of fun and a way of potentially earning a bit of cash for his five-month-old son’s future.
“My partner and I had a son five months ago and last week we set up a William Hill account and deposited £20,” he said. “The intention was to place two £1 bets every so often on the football and any winnings would go into a savings account for him.
“We have only placed eight bets. We will certainly be giving him a large chunk towards his future but we also plan to buy a house with some of the winnings as well.”
A spokesman for William Hill said: “A few years ago, we had a Maltese punter who turned €1 into over €500,000 and this guy, with his incredible win, has moved into second place on our list of biggest ever football winners.”
23/10 Sheffield United; 5/2 Leyton Orient;
21/10 Crawley; 21/10 Crewe;
Evens Doncaster; 7/2 Gillingham;
7/2 Colchester; 7/5 Peterborough;
11/4 Scunthorpe; 16/5 Port Vale.