IT’S every punters dream.
Usually a Hail Mary Multi involves an endless number of legs and a small stake in the hope that you can strike it rich.
But one astute punter has hit the jackpot with just two legs.
His $100 NRL multi featured correct winning margin bets on two separate games.
He backed the Manly Sea Eagles to beat the South Sydney Rabbitohs by exactly eight points ($17) and the Wests Tigers to take the chocolates against the St George Illawarra Dragons by exactly 13 ($81).
He watched on on Sunday as the Tigers handled the Dragons 25-12, but there were a few heart palpitations along the way, with the bet kept alive thanks to a late Mitchell Moses field goal that gave the Tigers the final margin.
His bet was all but done at half time of the Sea Eagles game, with Manly leaping out to an 18-0 lead.
But, as if the punting Gods were smiling down on him, Souths made somewhat of a comeback, scoring two tries in the second half to make it 20 to 12.
They almost undid him, though, with a try in the 79th minute botched to leave the scores as they were.
His life has now been changed forever with a $137,700 return.
Either he knew something everyone else didn’t, or he is one of the luckiest punters in the world.
“OK, so there was a fair bit of luck involved, but this is one of the more incredible two-leg multis you’ll ever see. The cards just fell into place perfectly,” sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen said.
The Melbourne Storm continue to be the best-backed club for the premiership and are $3.75 chances with WilliamHill.com.au.
They had another big win on the weekend over the Sydney Roosters and look almost unbeatable as the season enters its final weeks.
But one team that will have a say in proceedings is the North Queensland Cowboys, who are $4.50 third favourites.
Any side that features a player of the ilk of Jonathan Thurston commands respect. He can single handedly beat a team on his own on any given day.
The Cowboys are last year’s premiers and are every chance of going back to back.
But the Cronulla Sharks have had a barnstorming back half of the season and no one would be surprised if they were the ones to take it out. At $4, they are the second favourites, sandwiched in between the Storm and Cowboys and they sit top of the NRL table.
The Sharks are on 36 points, two ahead of the Storm, with the Cowboys in third on 28.
2016 NRL premiership market
Cronulla Sharks ($4)
North Queensland Cowboys ($4.50)
Canterbury Bulldogs ($8)
Gold Coast ($51)
New Zealand ($67)
St George ($251)
South Sydney ($1001)
Odds provided by WilliamHill.com.au