A Maltese punter has won €683,739 in a bet on yesterday's Liverpool-Chelsea match, bookies William Hill have reported.

When Liverpool's Glen Johnson yesterday scored their late winner against Chelsea he turned a punter's hard luck story into a half a million pound football fairy-tale, William Hill said.

For the goal landed record odds of 683,738/1 from bookies William Hill for the 41 year old gambler who had staked less than a pound on an accumulator bet of 19 football results, the previous 18 of which had already won, leaving his entire wager – at that stage already £152,000 - riding on the outcome of the Chelsea-Liverpool game in which the visitors were 7/2 underdogs.

The punter from Malta, who placed his bet online and had never staked more than one euro on any bet he had placed, collected €683,739 for his one euro stake – which translates to £585,143.24.

'We cannot recall any punter winning either this much on an accumulator, or landing such stratospheric odds- even though he wasn't a Liverpool fan before, he tells us he is now!' said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.

'Football punters were already celebrating the biggest winning weekend in living memory as all the best fancied teams in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues One & Two, Blue Square, SPL and William Hill Scottish Cup turned out be winners' said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.

'This late winner in the final game of the weekend left us feeling about as cheerful as under-pressure Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas. The weekend as a whole was football betting's equivalent of racing's Dettori day in 1996, when Frankie rode all seven winners at Ascot, costing the industry almost £50million- and we are again blaming an Italian, this time unbeaten Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, for kicking off the mayhem by beating the only other unbeaten club in the Premier League.'

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