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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Cumbrian mum scoops £900 and a new baby!

Baby Olly Harrison has already proved a right little winner for his mum – even before he was born he was banking £900.

Bet winning baby photo
Martyn Harrison with partner Adele and baby Olly

The £2 bet she placed while in labour paid off 450 times over.

Football might be the last thing most women think about during childbirth but Adele Harrison guessed the results of eight matches mid-contraction and is now celebrating two new arrivals – her son and a cash windfall.

She went into labour on Tuesday morning, phoned Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary and was told to come in.

There was just time for the 22-year-old, of Morton, to fill out her £2 football accumulator bet – even correctly guessing that mid-league Aldershot would trounce Southend that night.

Partner Martyn Harrison checked the results as Adele’s labour pains intensified, hoping to distract her.

He said: “It was really the last thing on my mind even though it was a lot of money. There was a late kick-off and we were waiting for the last result.

“I thought I’d check but I didn’t realise Adele would give birth so quickly.”

High on gas and air, Adele thought she was dreaming when Martyn gave her the news.

“I was having strong contractions and Martyn checked the results on the hospital television. That was typical Martyn,” she said.

“The thought that ran through my head was that I would wake up tomorrow and it was all a dream because I was on gas and air.”

Adele’s dad Stuart placed the bet at Corals in Morton and brought the slip to hospital when he visited Adele.

She started betting on the accumulator coupon two months ago because Martyn had placed accumulators bets the since he was 18.

He said: “I’ve never won anything like this and I only got three results right on Tuesday. The secret seems to be not to have your mind on it.

“If Adele had known where these teams were in the league, she would never have made these bets.”

Adele, a receptionist at Carlisle’s Swallow Hilltop Hotel, gave birth to Olly Xander in the early hours of Wednesday.

Mother and son are doing well at home in Levens Drive.

The couple plan to set up a trust fund for their son with some of the winnings and the rest will help pay for an impending house move.

“I chose the results completely at random, it’s been a crazy week,” added Adele.

The other winning teams were Birmingham, West Ham, MK Dons, Tamworth, Northampton, Oxford and Hayes and Yeading.

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