JEFFREY Butters thought he had lost it.
There he was, sitting top of the table in The Border Mail’s Top Tippa footy tipping competition, when Port Adelaide went and lost by a point in the final round of the AFL season on Saturday.
“I thought I’d blown it,” said the Wodonga man.
“Sunday night I was drowning my sorrows, when I should have been drinking champagne!”
No doubt he was quick to break it out on Monday, when Mr Butters learnt he had won the competition.
He is in with a chance to win $1 million as he takes on seven other “top tippas” at the grand final, as well as an all-expenses- paid trip to the big game itself.
In an ideal world Mr Butters’ team, Collingwood, will be playing, but he is just looking forward to the experience: “Just as long as my Magpies go as far as they can, I’ll be happy.”
Mr Butters’ prize includes accommodation, two tickets to a grand final function, tickets to the game, food and beverages.
He’ll also compete against other participating tipping contests in a TopBetta tournament, where the overall winner could win $1 million, with a guaranteed minimum prize of $5000.
Runner-up in The Border Mail’s competition Lee Henderson won $1000, while third-placed Tramane Webster collected $500.
In the under-18s competition, Matthew Clarke won first prize, a $1000 Harvey Norman voucher; Harry Sikorski second, a $500 Reconnect Communications voucher; and Daniel Bishop third prize, a $250 Simple Indulgence voucher.