BetMGM Bettor Misses $2.5M by Two Minutes in Euro Clash


A BetMGM customer came within two minutes and two inches of a £2 million (US$2.5 million) payout during the Euro 2024 soccer championships on Tuesday.

Ahead of the Portugal-Czechia match at Leipzig Stadium in Germany, BetMGM informed about a UK woman who had a chance to win big in its free-to-play Golden Goals game. The London-based player had already correctly predicted the outcomes of five out of six Euro 2024 games: Spain 3 – Croatia 0; Italy 2 – Albania 1; Poland 1 – Netherlands 2; Serbia 0 – England 1; and Austria 0 – France 1.

For her final prediction, she needed Portugal to beat Czechia 3-1, the same score from their 2008 encounter in the competition. If successful, she would be the first to win BetMGM’s Golden Goals promotion, which had not produced a winner throughout the 2023/24 EPL season before being applied to the Euros.

Close Call

Although Ronaldo’s Portugal was a tournament favorite, they struggled to convert their dominant first-half performance in Leipzig into goals. The initial 11/1 odds for a 3-1 Portugal win would have increased significantly by halftime, given Czech goalkeeper Jindřich Staněk’s series of impressive saves against Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes, with Rafael Leão also coming close.

Lukáš Provod’s stunning 63rd-minute goal, one of Czechia’s few attempts, left the bettor’s hopes hanging by a thread as Portugal needed three goals in the remaining 30 minutes.

In the final moments, Diego Jota seemed to narrow the odds further by reacting quickly to a Ronaldo header that hit the post. However, a VAR review revealed Ronaldo was offside by inches, nullifying the goal.

Nail-Biting Finish

Portugal eventually scored a winner in the 92nd minute through substitute Francisco Conceição, leading to a tense final two minutes for the BetMGM customer.

As of now, Portugal is the fourth favorite to win the tournament at 6-1 odds, trailing England (4-1), France (4-1), and host nation Germany (5-1).

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