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Betting Stories: Sex toy salesman on course to win £12,900 from 50p


One punter could find himself almost £13,000 richer this weekend, if Atletico Madrid win their final match in La Liga, that is.

Sex toy salesman Carl Edwards placed a 50p ante-post accumulator on Manchester City to win the Premier League, Norwich to win the Championship, Hull to win League One and Cheltenham to win League Two last summer - each of who were crowned champions of their respective divisions in recent weeks. 

The 59-year-old now just needs Atletico Madrid to hold their nerve and beat Real Valladolid away from home this Saturday to claim the sensational payout, unless Real either lose or draw - if that happens he will win the bet regardless of Atletico's result.

Diego Simeone's side currently lead the way in the Spanish flight but they are only two points ahead of second-place Real Madrid heading into this weekend's finale. A win would confirm them as champions of La Liga for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign.

Real and Barcelona have dominated the division since then, with Los Blancos claiming it for the 34th time at the end of last season.

Due to Mr. Edwards placing the bet in-store as opposed to online, he does not have the option of a cash out, making this weekend's match make or break.

La Liga Title Race
League Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD PTS
1. Atlético Madrid 38 26 8 4 67 25 +42 86
2. Real Madrid 38 25 9 4 67 28 +39 84
3. Barcelona 38 24 7 7 85 38 +47 79
4. Sevilla 38 24 5 9 53 33 +20 77
5. Real Sociedad 38 17 11 10 59 38 +21 62
6. Real Betis 38 17 10 11 50 50 0 61
7. Villarreal 38 15 13 10 60 44 +16 58
8. Celta de Vigo 38 14 11 13 55 57 -2 53
9. Granada 38 13 7 18 47 65 -18 46
10. Athletic Club 38 11 13 14 46 42 +4 46
11. Osasuna 38 11 11 16 37 48 -11 44
12. Cádiz 38 11 11 16 36 58 -22 44
13. Valencia 38 10 13 15 50 53 -3 43
14. Levante 38 9 14 15 46 57 -11 41
15. Getafe 38 9 11 18 28 43 -15 38
16. Deportivo Alavés 38 9 11 18 36 57 -21 38
17. Elche 38 8 12 18 34 55 -21 36
18. Huesca 38 7 13 18 34 53 -19 34
19. Real Valladolid 38 5 16 17 34 57 -23 31
20. Eibar 38 6 12 20 29 52 -23 30
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The plucky punter, who placed the wager in a Coral shop in Birmingham and runs an adult store called Direct Pleasure, told Sportsmail: 

'I'm a nervous wreck at the moment.

'I almost had a heart attack when Barcelona let a goal in during the last minute the other day.

'I've never won a bet like this in my life and to think I could make £12,500 from 50p is amazing.

'Especially after the year I've had after lockdown, I do all the markets in the Midlands and they have been closed so we have not been able to work for nearly a year.

'However the sex toy side of the business has exploded during lockdown because everyone has been stuck inside.

'Perhaps I should not have told everyone about the bet because I will have a line round the block of people wanting to borrow a few quid.

'I think the whole of Handsworth is supporting Atletico Madrid and I am delighted the final game will be happening when the pubs are back open.

'It will be the party of the year in my local The Calthorpe Arms if I win.'

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