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Austin Woman’s $18 Kentucky Derby Bet Turns Into $1.2 Million

Officials called the win “unheard of”

The winning horse at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby earned more than a million dollars for its owners, but the horse, named Justify, wasn’t the only winner. An Austin woman reportedly won nearly the same amount as the horse’s owners, after betting on five straight winning horses.

Retama Park Race Track, the race track where she placed the bet, said she put down $18 before winning the $1.2 million. A park official called the win on such a small amount of money “unheard of,” while speaking to ABC News.

The Kentucky Derby reports the race was attended by 157,813 people, the the seventh largest crowd in Derby history. ESPN reports Justify won $1.432 million.

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Davis Land is Houston Public Media's senior news producer. He leads coverage for News 88.7's morning newscasts and coordinates between beat reporters, newscasters, and the Houston Matters team. Before joining Houston Public Media, Land produced for WBUR's newscast unit and Atlantic Public Media. His work has been heard on NPR's...

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