Thanks to a few near misses in previous week’s, Saturday’s Millionaire had a price of £6,427,465! The pool had 633,645 entries, and was won by 1.1 units, but that doesn’t tell the full story.
After tight wins for Sunderland and Juventus on Saturday, 2,000 units began Sunday still live. Sunday comebacks for both Southampton and Man City resulted in 4.5 units going to the final leg live. Deep into injury time in the final leg, Sadio Mane scored the goal to win the pool for 1.1 units.
Here’s a full review of the action from the final weekend before Christmas.
Watford’s visit to Sunderland was the only leg of the Millionaire pool kicking off at 15:00 on Saturday. It was no surprise that we went into half time with the scores at 0-0, as many predicted. Patrick van Aanholt made the breakthrough four minutes after half time, giving Sunderland the lead. After a narrow game, Sunderland managed to come away with the 1-0 victory.
Following this result, 91,568 units were ‘live’ going into the next leg at 17:30 on Saturday.
Saturday Evening Kick Offs
Two legs got underway on Saturday evening. The first saw West Brom host Manchester United in the Premier League. The Baggies were in fine form heading into the game, but hope began to fade when Ibrahimovic converted in the 5th minute. The Swede then doubled the score in the 56th minute with United restricting West Brom to one shot on target, leading them to come away with a 2-0 victory.
The second of the legs came from the top of the table in Italy with 1st placed Juventus facing 2nd placed Roma. Summer signing Gonzalo Higuain finished in the 14th minute with his strike proving to be the only goal of the game. The win puts Juventus in a strong position for a sixth consecutive Serie A title.
United’s 2-0 victory at West Brom saw 14,927 units still in the pool heading into the Juventus game.
The solitary goal for Juventus resulted in 2,000 units entering Sunday still live to win. They were now three legs away from winning the multi-million pound prize!
Sunday Kick Offs
Two important games took place in the pool on Sunday. The first saw bragging rights up for grabs in Bournemouth vs Southampton. Nathan Ake opened the scoring early on, with a goal in the 6th minute of the game. Southampton responded through a brilliant solo goal by Ryan Bertrand, leaving it 1-1 at half time.
Three minutes after the break, Jay Rodriguez gave Southampton the lead. Followed by an 85th minute stunner from Rodriguez making sure all three points went to the Saints. No miraculous comeback this week from Bournemouth as Southampton ran out 3-1 winners.
The second game saw title contenders go head to head. As Arsenal visited stuttering Manchester City at the Etihad. Yet another early goal in this leg, as Theo Walcott gave the Gunners the lead in the 5th minute. Arsenal were good value for their lead at half time.
But a second half turnaround from Manchester City saw Leroy Sane score in the 47th minute with Sterling completing the comeback in the 71st minute. Man City managed to give their title charge a push back onto the right tracks, but is it enough?
20.7 units prevailed from Southampton’s 3-1 win at Bournemouth. After Man City’s comeback 4.5 units remained live heading into the final leg. They were now only one leg away from winning the pool!
Monday Night Kick Off
The Millionaire pool was completed by the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park. 4.5 units remained live in the pool, with the scores backed being: 1-1, 0-1, 0-2, 1-2 and Any Other Away win. In a drab match, the game looked to have only one talking point- Ross Barkley’s horrendous tackle on Jordan Henderson.
It was destined to finish goalless, with only three shots on target after 90 minutes. We entered an agonising eight minutes of injury time and everyone held their breath. Those still involved were so close to winning the pool, they could taste the celebration.
93 minutes gone and still nothing. In the 94th minute, substitute Daniel Sturridge found some space and shot towards the goal. The keeper was beaten, but so was the goal as it hit the post. Yet much to the delight of Liverpool fans and customers in the pool, Sadio Mane reacted quickest to give Liverpool a 1-0 lead. A lead which they held on to until full time.
After Mane’s last gasp winner, 1.1 units were celebrating WINNING the Millionaire pool.
This customer cashed out all of this ticket for £2,374.41. However, had they not cashed out, the ticket would be worth £4,667,431 and would have a shot at the bonus leg fund of £1,293,291. Never has a person been more distraught at banking over £2,300!
This customer cashed out 90% of their ticket for £15,968.30. But by keeping 10% live into the final leg, they increased their total winnings to £46,777.85 AND a chance at the bonus leg! To win the bonus leg, they need to make the correct selection in only one game- Inter Milan vs Lazio on Wednesday, December 21st at 19:45. You can see our bonus leg selections here.
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