I WAS feeling bad about Spurs' defeat against Norwich – until I read about these two guys.
Two betting shop customers, one from Glasgow, the other from Lye, West Midlands, each missed out on a £372,000 payout for a £1 bet on Coral’s Football Jackpot thanks to Spurs' failure.
Both customers had correctly predicted the outcome of the first 14 of the 15 matches on the Football Jackpot coupon and were the last remaining customers in line to share the £772,683 pool.
The two “near-miss” customers will share the consolation pool, with one other customer, for missing out by one on the Football Jackpot and will get £5999 each.
Coral spokesman Simon Clare said: “You have to feel desperately sorry for these two punters who came so close to winning life-changing sums of money.
“It must have been the most incredible, and ultimately agonising, rollercoaster ride for both of them as the Liverpool and Newcastle wins were incredible nail-biters, and then watched Spurs spurn loads of chances on route to costing them the monster payout.
“Both customers will receive just shy of six grand as a consolation for missing out by one but it will be scant consolation.
“Given how close they have come, and the dramatic nature of their near miss, we will offer both customers a VIP trip to a Coral horse race sponsorship.
“The Glasgow-based customer will get a VIP invitation to the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr on April 13 and the customer from Lye be invited to Coral Cup day on March 12 at the Cheltenham Festival.”
The Coral Football Jackpot will rollover to next weekend with an anticipated pool of between £900,000 and £1,000,000 up for grabs.
Customers have to do is correctly predict the outcome of the 15 football matches on the Football jackpot coupon for a £1 stake.
There are also consolation payouts to customers who miss out by one and who miss out by two.