Coast punter's million to 1 odds on Melbourne Cup favourite
THEY'RE the Melbourne Cup odds you could only dream of, but for one Coast man a gold coin bet could become the windfall of a lifetime.
Micheal Poole, 34, was selected as the lucky winner of gambling site Neds' $1m Melbourne Cup promotion, giving him the chance to place a $1 bet on any horse in the race at 1,000,000 to 1 odds.
Mr Poole said he was thrilled at the chance to win a cool million during the race that stops a nation and quickly got to studying to Melbourne Cup form to make his selection.
"I was blown away to receive the call," he said.
"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a million dollars.
"I haven't slept since, studying the form guide and hoping to pick the winner for the big race."
Mr Poole has selected the Aidan O'Brien-trained Johannes Vermeer which arrived in Australia for a close second behind Gailo Chop in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes on October 14th, before a tough performance for third in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup most recently.