Lucky punter who bagged £975,000 was making first EVER sports bet when he backed Tiger Woods to win Masters

THE punter who bagged a record-breaking £975,000 after Tiger Woods won the Masters has revealed it was his first ever bet on a sports event.

And James Adducci now plans to use the money to help a cash-strapped mother and daughter he met by chance while going to place his bet.

 James Adducci with his winning bet

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James Adducci with his winning bet

William Hill said the massive payout was their biggest ever in golf.

Woods produced sports greatest comeback in winning his fifth green jacket last Sunday.

But the second biggest winner was Adducci, 39, who said he had a premonition Woods would triumph.

Adducci staked £65,000 on Woods winning and, on his way to place the bet, met a cash-strapped mother and daughter who told him about their financial problems.

Now Adducci – who claims he was £19,000 in debt last Christmas after his protein supplement business went under – plans to help them.

He told Action: "I felt sick knowing I had £65,000 in my backpack and they were talking like this.

"If I see them again, I would help them out."

Adducci, who also said his wife was OK with him risking so much money, said he always knew Woods, 43, would win.

He added: "A month before is when I knew I was going to do it. I had been thinking a lot about this.

"I watched Tiger's performance at the Tour Championship and things seemed to be going his way.

"I looked at how well he did there and some other factors you can't put stats behind.

"It wasn't about the stats for me. The fact this was going to be his first major in front of his kids, I was convinced he would win."

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THE punter who bagged a record-breaking £975,000 after Tiger Woods won the Masters has revealed it was his first ever bet on a sports event.