Trowbridge punter's oh so close to £1 million win

Wiltshire Times: Simon Pike with the betting slip which was just one win away from a £1 million prize Simon Pike with the betting slip which was just one win away from a £1 million prize

A Trowbridge punter was one football result away from winning £1 million on Wednesday and surprisingly the team that let him down was Lionel Messi’s Barcelona.

Simon Pike, 20, entered a free nationwide competition run by betting company Coral to become a millionaire by predicting the correct scores of all the first legs of the Champions League last 16 matches.

Wednesday was the last night of matches and Mr Pike was the only person out of the 70,000 who entered with a chance of winning the cash, correctly predicting all the results to that point, but unfortunately his prediction for Barcelona to beat AC Milan 2-0 didn’t come in with the Spanish giants losing 2-0.

As a gesture of goodwill, Mr Pike has been given an all-expenses paid trip by Coral, to Barcelona to watch the return leg at the Nou Camp.

Chelsea fan Mr Pike, of Cavendish Drive, said: “I was really gutted about the £1 million but I was trying not to get overexcited as nothing was ever guaranteed and it was a free bet, so I’m happy to get something out of it and I’m looking forward to going to the Nou Camp.

“I’ve only ever been to watch Swindon Town so I’m so excited to be going out to Spain for the second leg at a massive stadium, I don’t mind who wins but I might have a soft spot for Milan because of the bet.”

In the build-up to the final round of fixtures Mr Pike’s Twitter account went into a frenzy with former footballer Gary Lineker giving him a good luck message while past player Robbie Savage and Marseille midfielder Joey Barton both retweeted his exploits.

Mr Pike, who works for Sleep on Ltd at a Westbury factory making beds for Comfy Living, was allowed to leave early to watch the game at The Hungry Horse Long’s Arms.

He said: “I’ve had people asking me to give them tips, pick their euro lottery numbers and a few tipping websites have been in touch asking me to be a guest pundit.

“I never go over the top, but the one dream I had if I’d have won the money was to start my own business, I had plans to open my own nightclub.”

The second leg of the Champions League tie is in Spain on March 12 and Mr Pike will be taking a friend to watch the game.

Coral cluster support manager Joanne Deighton said: “It was fantastic for Simon to get to this stage of the competition, to have seven of the eight scores correct is so good and Barcelona would have been the odds-on choice out of the majority of them.”

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2:33pm Thu 21 Feb 13

norville says...

A Chelsea fan and he's only ever been to watch Swindon Town???????????????
A Chelsea fan and he's only ever been to watch Swindon Town??????????????? norville
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5:03pm Thu 21 Feb 13

goateatingtroll says...

We won't advertise crack. We won't advertise heroin. We won't advertise cigarettes or alcohol.

But we will advertise gambling.

Isn't the Wiltshire Times brilliant.
We won't advertise crack. We won't advertise heroin. We won't advertise cigarettes or alcohol. But we will advertise gambling. Isn't the Wiltshire Times brilliant. goateatingtroll
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6:54am Fri 22 Feb 13

old 'arry says...

goateatingtroll wrote:
We won't advertise crack. We won't advertise heroin. We won't advertise cigarettes or alcohol.

But we will advertise gambling.

Isn't the Wiltshire Times brilliant.
goateatingtroll - you see it that way, -or is it advertising failure? No-one remembers who was the first man to NEARLY climb Everest, or to fly HALFWAY across the channel. And who sent this story - Coral??? As for "cluster support manager ", it sounds quite vulgar!!!! Mind you, that Sharon behind the bar in "The Jolly Gravedigger" could support MY cluster anytime she wants!
[quote][p][bold]goateatingtroll[/bold] wrote: We won't advertise crack. We won't advertise heroin. We won't advertise cigarettes or alcohol. But we will advertise gambling. Isn't the Wiltshire Times brilliant.[/p][/quote]goateatingtroll - you see it that way, -or is it advertising failure? No-one remembers who was the first man to NEARLY climb Everest, or to fly HALFWAY across the channel. And who sent this story - Coral??? As for "cluster support manager ", it sounds quite vulgar!!!! Mind you, that Sharon behind the bar in "The Jolly Gravedigger" could support MY cluster anytime she wants! old 'arry
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7:58am Fri 22 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

goateating troll... The Wiltshire Times' agenda in running this article is not to manipulate readers into spending money at Corals, so they are not advertising gambling. And even if they were, so what? Gambling is a legal activity.
goateating troll... The Wiltshire Times' agenda in running this article is not to manipulate readers into spending money at Corals, so they are not advertising gambling. And even if they were, so what? Gambling is a legal activity. Mrs Donnyfly
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7:56pm Fri 22 Feb 13

old 'arry says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
goateating troll... The Wiltshire Times' agenda in running this article is not to manipulate readers into spending money at Corals, so they are not advertising gambling. And even if they were, so what? Gambling is a legal activity.
So are smoking and excessive drinking but they are no good for your health!
There is only one way to guarantee making money from gambling - own the betting shop.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: goateating troll... The Wiltshire Times' agenda in running this article is not to manipulate readers into spending money at Corals, so they are not advertising gambling. And even if they were, so what? Gambling is a legal activity.[/p][/quote]So are smoking and excessive drinking but they are no good for your health! There is only one way to guarantee making money from gambling - own the betting shop. old 'arry
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2:36am Sat 23 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

"So are smoking and excessive drinking but they are no good for your health!"

What's that got to do with it? Do you think everything potentially harmful should be banned? No matter that smoking, drinking and gambling are consensual activities for grown-ups. Nanny knows best, eh?

"There is only one way to guarantee making money from gambling - own the betting shop."

Well obviously making money is not guaranteed from gambling... that's why it's called gambling.
"So are smoking and excessive drinking but they are no good for your health!" What's that got to do with it? Do you think everything potentially harmful should be banned? No matter that smoking, drinking and gambling are consensual activities for grown-ups. Nanny knows best, eh? "There is only one way to guarantee making money from gambling - own the betting shop." Well obviously making money is not guaranteed from gambling... that's why it's called gambling. Mrs Donnyfly
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6:08pm Sat 23 Feb 13

1984 says...

Is this front page news......Can your reporters not come up with something more relivant ...................b
oring
Is this front page news......Can your reporters not come up with something more relivant ...................b oring 1984
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10:05pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

1984 wrote:
Is this front page news......Can your reporters not come up with something more relivant ...................b

oring
Is it on the front page...?
[quote][p][bold]1984[/bold] wrote: Is this front page news......Can your reporters not come up with something more relivant ...................b oring[/p][/quote]Is it on the front page...? Mrs Donnyfly
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7:32am Mon 25 Feb 13

old 'arry says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
"So are smoking and excessive drinking but they are no good for your health!"

What's that got to do with it? Do you think everything potentially harmful should be banned? No matter that smoking, drinking and gambling are consensual activities for grown-ups. Nanny knows best, eh?

"There is only one way to guarantee making money from gambling - own the betting shop."

Well obviously making money is not guaranteed from gambling... that's why it's called gambling.
I live in eternal hope of seeing something positive flow from your acid pen!
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: "So are smoking and excessive drinking but they are no good for your health!" What's that got to do with it? Do you think everything potentially harmful should be banned? No matter that smoking, drinking and gambling are consensual activities for grown-ups. Nanny knows best, eh? "There is only one way to guarantee making money from gambling - own the betting shop." Well obviously making money is not guaranteed from gambling... that's why it's called gambling.[/p][/quote]I live in eternal hope of seeing something positive flow from your acid pen! old 'arry
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10:47pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

old 'arry chuntered..."I live in eternal hope of seeing something positive flow from your acid pen!"

Not much else for you to look forward to then at the Home for the Bewildered?
old 'arry chuntered..."I live in eternal hope of seeing something positive flow from your acid pen!" Not much else for you to look forward to then at the Home for the Bewildered? Mrs Donnyfly
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6:39am Thu 28 Feb 13

old 'arry says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
old 'arry chuntered..."I live in eternal hope of seeing something positive flow from your acid pen!"

Not much else for you to look forward to then at the Home for the Bewildered?
So I am disappointed yet again!
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: old 'arry chuntered..."I live in eternal hope of seeing something positive flow from your acid pen!" Not much else for you to look forward to then at the Home for the Bewildered?[/p][/quote]So I am disappointed yet again! old 'arry
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