The craziest sports bets of all time

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This year's Wimbledon saw the most money bet on the results than ever before, which means it's highly likely to be the Wimbledon with the most money lost by the gamblers too. However, in among the many tales of torn up tickets and disappointments, are some astonishing results that keep the punters dreaming.

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Figures from Bonus Code Bets revealed that 25% of all this year's Wimbledon bets were placed on Johanna Konta to win, which goes to show that you should never bet with money you cannot afford to lose.

However, over the years we have seen some unbelievable wins - some with very small stakes - which are enough to keep some people dreaming that one day they could join the ranks of the exceptionally lucky winners. Research from has unearthed some of the most astonishing wins.

The five most rewarding wins:

1. Billy Walters made a name for himself in sports betting, with some stunning wins and incredible losses - amounting to several millions of dollars. One of his most famous wins was in 2010, when he says he put $3.5 million on New Orleans to win the SuperBowl. He got odds of 1:1, so when the underdogs triumphed he picked up $7 million.

2. Plenty of people put small stakes on an accumulator, hoping several results will go their way and the winnings will add up. One of the most shocking successes was in 2008, when Fred Craggs put 50p on an eight-horse-accumulator - chosen purely by looking at their names. They all came in, and he picked up £1 million.

3. In 2014, an anonymous London gambler placed what seemed like a ridiculous bet. With just 20 minutes left to play, he put £100 on the results of eight football matches. He bet that the team that was losing at the time in each case would go on to draw or win. He got odds of 6,500:1, and picked up £650,000.

4. Darren Yeats from Morecambe won £550,000 from a £59 bet in 1996. Frankie Dettori was riding in all seven races at Ascot and Darren put the money on him winning them all. His bet came in at 25,000:1.

5. Back in 2001, an anonymous gambler from Lichfield put a stake of just 30p on an enormous accumulator with odds of 1,666,666:1. He picked up £500,000.

There are also the gamblers who won less, but made outrageous bets that paid off. Last year there was the fan who put £100 on Leicester to win the Premiership before the season started. He ended up cashing in before the end of the season, but took home £200,000.

Then there was Rory McIlory's dad Gerry, who decided when his son was 15 that he had what it took to win the Open by the age of 25. He put £200 on the bet, and netted £165,000.

Finally, there was the motor racing fan who saw Lewis Hamilton racing karts at the age of 13 and placed a £100 bet that he would win the F1 Driver's Championship before he was 25. He picked up £165,000.

Of course, there are always people who hold out hope for this kind of win - against all the odds - but it's worth bearing in mind that by far the most likely outcome is that you lose your stake.

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Biggest UK lottery winners

Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire scooped 161 million in the EuroMillions draw after several rollovers in 2011. They are the biggest British lottery winners in history.

Adrian Bayford, who won an astonishing £148m on the Euromillions with his wife Gillian, had to shut up the music shop he owns, because people targeted it with requests for money.
One British ticket won  £113,019,926 in October 2010 but decided not to go public.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter scooped a staggering £107.9 million jackpot on the Euromillions lottery in March 2014.
Dave and Angela Dawes won £101 million on the EuroMillions in 2011. It was only the third time the couple, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, had played the lottery. The couple are said to have since split up.
The sum was won in May 2010 but the winner kept their identity a secret.
One lucky British ticket-holder picked up a £81million EuroMillions rollover but remained anonymous.

Nigel Page and Justine Laycock from Cirencester bagged a £56 million jackpot back in February 2011. On winning the jackpot, Page said: 'I'd already checked my National Lottery account and had seen I'd won £55 on Lotto when I decided to buy two Lucky Dips for the big EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.'

One lucky winner won shy of 50 million but chose to remain anonymous.

Les and Sam Scadding from Newport, South Wales, and a syndicate of seven Liverpudlian call-centre workers shared a staggering £91 million in November 2009. Les, an unemployed mechanic, was £68 overdrawn on the day he bought his ticket, while the Liverpool syndicate only started playing EuroMillions together four months before their win.

Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked £45 million after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February 2012. The Iceland supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, following the Lucky Dip win.

Husband and wife Gareth and Catherine Bull have fairly modest spending plans despite their £40.6 million jackpot win in January. Speaking about what she planned to do now that she was rich, Catherine explained that she intended to use part of their winnings to replace the carpet on her upstairs landing...

Angela Kelly became one of the biggest lottery winners in UK history back in 2007, after scooping a £35 million EuroMillions jackpot. This is estimated to earn £5,000 a day in interest alone, meaning she's unlikely to ever be short of cash.

In June 2009, 74-year-old Brian Caswell got the surprise of his life when he took his lottery ticket to his local newsagent and discovered he'd won almost £25 million.

Belfast housewife Iris Jeffrey, 58, was the lucky holder of the record 20.1 million rollover lottery winning ticket back in 2004.

Jeffrey, 58, a cancer sufferer, only realised three weeks after the draw took place that she had won the  jackpot after organisers Camelot pleaded for the person holding the prize ticket to come forward and claim the prize.

Stephen Smith and his wife Ida from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, won nearly 19 million in the National Lottery. Mr Smith said he would give up his winnings if he could have his health and the chance to live a longer life with his wife.

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