Punters just misses out on a huge £1,000,000 payout at Coral from free bet

A Coral betting shop customer who was dreaming of a million pound win tonight had his hopes dashed when AC Milan scored a controversial opener against Barcelona.

The customer, from Wiltshire, had entered Coral’s free to enter “Win A Million” competition and having predicted the correct scores in the first six Champions League last sixteen matches, needed Schalke and Galatasaray to draw 1 v 1 and Barcelona to beat AC Milan 2 v 0.

The customer’s million pound dream was very much alive after 57 minutes with the Schalke game poised at 1 v 1 and Barcelona and AC Milan still goalless, but then Milan scored after following a blatant handball not spotted by the referee.

“This has been the most extraordinary rollercoaster for the poor customer as at half-time tonight the million pound dream was very much alive. Twitter was going absolutely crazy and the customer, @SimonTorresPike, was bombarded with good luck messages, but it wasn’t to be,” said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.

The action on twitter could be followed by using the hashtag #prayforsimon

“It has been such an incredible effort by the customer that we have offered him a consolation prize of a trip to Barcelona with a pal to watch the second leg. I imagine after their poor performance tonight he will almost certainly be cheering on AC Milan!!,” added Clare.

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