Two happy winners shared the R680 000 Hollywoodbets Punters’ Challenge all-or-nothing jackpot prize at the Vaal on Tuesday, when selecting eight winners on the card.
After three players had gone into the final race at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday with 7 from 7, it was expected that a winner was overdue.
And it happened at the Vaal, as players Thukzaf and FireBlaster could not be separated in a thriller after the evergreen Piere Strydom got the 8-1 Inventrix home for Fanie Bronkhorst in the final race on the Tuesday card.
Sharing the honours on 99,16 points apiece, the two winners shared the jackpot calculated by multiplying R10 000 times the number of starters (68) on the card.
So R680 000 was up for grabs, but the Hollywoodbets Punters’ Challenge payouts are doubled when the player wagers a minimum of R50 on the programmatically generated betslip card.
Both winners are coincidentally unemployed, and chose to retain their anonymity through the use of their aliases.
Mpumalanga-based Thukzaf had no idea he had won anything when contacted by the Sporting Post.
“You aren’t serious! This is amazing. What do I say? I haven’t seen a single result. I’m so busy trying to find a job,” said the single 32 year old who resides with his parents.
Thukzaf is a regular player, and said that he could not believe his luck and enjoyed studying form and making his selections.
“Have you got any idea how this win changes my life? My girlfriend is going to be shocked. I’m not sure how I’m going to break the news to her or my parents,” he added.
Durban resident FireBlaster is a 50 year old Dad of three who has been a racing fan since his teens.
“My wife is the sole bread-winner in our home. I watched the racing and was thrilled and excited as I got closer. This is my biggest win ever. You have no idea how much I need the cash. It will fill so many holes. Thanks to Hollywoodbets. What a great competition – I have supported it since as far back as I can remember!” he added emotionally.
There are two chances to win big on Wednesday – the first race at Hollywoodbets Greyville is at 11h58 and the first at Happy Valley is at 13h15.
Congratulations to both winners. It could be your chance next!