A PUNTER who was minutes away from winning a massive £187,922.10 for just £1 last weekend before his hopes were dashed by Wilfried Bony’s 90th-minute winner for Swansea against Manchester United proved there were no hard feelings when he came face to face with the striker this week.
Kevin Wint, a 31-year-old factory worker from Newtoft, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, had correctly predicted the outcome of 14 FA Cup matches, and would have scooped the Coral Football Jackpot had the game at Old Trafford ended in a draw, an outcome that was on the cards until Bony scored his late, late winner.
However, there was still some good news for Wint as he did win £12,264.10 as a consolation for getting 14 out of 15 correct and the Arsenal fan proved there were no hard feelings after Coral arranged for him to meet the Ivorian international at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium where the pair laughed and joked about one of the most costly headers Bony is likely to score.
Kevin said: “I knew I was in the running to win £187,000 and the final match at Old Trafford seemed to last forever. When Wilfried headed home I knew the money was lost, although winning more than £12,000 has meant my girlfriend Samantha and I could clear our debts so we can still look forward to a great 2014.
“Coral are giving me a VIP day out at the Manchester United v Swansea Premier League match this weekend and then they asked me if I would like to meet Wilfried and I jumped at the chance, although I think he may have been a bit nervous about what I would say!
“He was a great sport, he did say sorry, he was only doing his job and I told him not to worry, although I did tell him not to do the same when Swansea next play Arsenal!”
Coral spokesman David Stevens said: “Kevin came so close to winning the jackpot for just £1 and although Wilfried Bony’s winner cost him £175,000 he took it really well and jumped at the chance to meet the Swansea striker. We didn’t even have to keep them apart!”
Due to Kevin failing to land the jackpot amount this weekend’s prize is predicted to be in excess of £250,000. Coral are also going industry top price on Bony to score first, last and at anytime v Man United.
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