Punter collects $113k on a $40 World Cup bet

12:50, Jun 16 2014

The football World Cup has only just started but a Kiwi punter has already scored big, taking home more than $113,000 on a $40 bet.

He chose a four leg multi-bet, correctly picking who would lead at half time and full time in Japan v Ivory Coast, Ecuador v Switzerland, France v Honduras and Argentina v Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A total of $113,725 was collected at odds of 2844/1.

''You don't see that sort of collect very often,'' the TAB's senior football bookmaker Gary Pearn said.

The punter had his fair share of luck, for example when Switzerland scored in stoppage time to defeat Ecuador.

''Bosnia also scored in the last five minutes against Argentina in a 2-1 loss, so that would have been a pretty nervous time,'' Pearn said.


Kiwi punters had bet $4m on the football World Cup already, Pearn said.

A lack of draws so far meant the TAB was "literally getting murdered'' on each match, he said. ''But there's a long way to go.''

Six people are still in the running for the one shot at $5 million.

More than 33,630 Kiwis entered the competition, which involves making correct picks for each of the 64 Football World Cup games.

Hosts Brazil, who kicked off the 32-nation tournament on Friday, are the hot favourites with both the TAB and Kiwi supporters.

They were followed closely by past winners Argentina and Germany, and defending champions Spain.