Football fan wins £20,741 from £11 stake without backing a single winner

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Football fan Paul Henshaw pocketed £20,741 from an £11 stake without backing a single winner.

Instead he placed two accumulator bets predicting seven matches in England, Scotland and Australia would end in draws.

When Premier League champions Liverpool's home clash with lowly West Bromwich Albion finished 1-1 the 39-year-old dad-of-two knew he was onto a winner.

The meat industry manager plans to use the cash to whisk his family to Walt Disney World in Florida.

Paul, from Preston, Lancs, said his dad Brian, 71, gave him the inspiration to stop searching for winners when he told him all matches start out level so there was a good chance many would stay that way.

He plans to treat the keen golfer to a new £200 putter to thank him for the idea.

"This is by far my biggest ever win,'' said Paul.

"What a brilliant end to the year and a nice start for 2021.

"It is just amazing and to think it only took me a couple of minutes to make my selections.

"I didn’t check the results during Sunday and Monday but noticed I had much more money in my bank account than I expected.

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"I went to bed thinking I would check in the morning which I did – and it was still there!It is only just beginning to register.''

Paul said his wife Ruth can’t believe what’s happened' and is already checking out new clothes and things for the house'.

Along with Liverpool and West Brom the Premier League draws he predicted were Wolves and Spurs, Crystal Palace and Leicester City and Chelsea v Aston Villa.

He also opted for Woking and Eastleigh in the National League which ended goalless – the same score as his Aussie selection Western United v Adelaide United.

His final selection came home when Dundonald Bluebell FC equalised in the last minute against Queen’s Park to make it 1-1 in their Scottish Cup tie at full-time.

Betfred boss Fred Done said: "To win so much from such a small stake is remarkable. It was sharp for Paul, or more accurately his father Brian, to pick up on the number of draws which have occurred over the holiday period and to pick out seven is quite an achievement.

"Being in the meat industry Paul will understand if I say he’s proved himself a cut above!''

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