A Texas woman won $1.2 million on an $18 bet on a series of Kentucky Derby day races, officials told ABC News on Sunday.
The Austin woman, who did not want to be identified, made a Pick 5 wager at the Retama Park racetrack in Salem, Texas, on Saturday and watched as each of the ponies she picked ran at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, some 1,100 miles away.
Not only did she pick Justify to win the Kentucky Derby, she selected the winners of all four races leading up to the main event, Rachel Bagnetto, spokeswoman for Retama Park, told ABC News.
“It’s extremely rare,” Bagnetto said. “To bet that little amount of money and win $1.2 million is unheard of. In fact, it’s the first time it’s happened at Retama.”