Cape City – The fortunate punter who waged $85 000 (R1.2 million) on Tiger Woods successful this 12 months’s Masters to win $1.19 million (R17 million), has been revealed.
James Adducci, 39, was a first-time sports activities bettor who day-tripped the two 900km from Wisconsin to Las Vegas to put the guess at William Hill – after which promptly flew straight again residence.
Adducci flew in on Tuesday, April 9, two days previous to the primary tee shot at Augusta Nationwide and was given odds on Woods of 14/1.
The self-employed day dealer, with a mortgage on his home, two pupil loans and two automotive loans, stated the $85 000 guess was “every little thing I had that I may afford to lose.”
“I simply thought it was pre-destined for him to win.”
Woods would duly go on to win his fifth Masters title – and the 15th Main of his profession – by a single stroke on Sunday.
“I had been considering lots about this. I watched Tiger’s efficiency on the Tour Championship, and issues appeared to be going his means. I checked out how properly he did there, and another elements you’ll be able to’t put stats behind. It wasn’t concerning the stats for me. The truth that this was going to be his first main in entrance of his youngsters, I used to be satisfied he would win,” Adducci was quoted as saying.
Reportedly Adducci’s spouse wasn’t initially eager on the guess.
“She stated to me, ‘I am unable to cease you from doing this, as a result of if he wins, I am going to by no means forgive myself.’ She’s a keeper.”
Adducci was handed a cheque of $1 275 000 which amounted to the sum of his winnings ($1 190 000) and preliminary stake ($85 000).