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Woman wins $1.2m on $18 Kentucky Derby bet

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Winning jockey Mike Smith poses on the winning horse, Justify, in Louisville, Kentucky
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After treating herself to a holiday, Ms Reid plans to invest her new wealth."It was a big ticket because it was a couple of long shots in the middle of it," she told a CBS News affiliate.
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"It was an amazing feeling yes, that you won a really big, like a really big ticket. A mini-lotto if you will."Ms Reid, a longtime horse-racing fan, said she carefully analysed the odds when she made her "pick five" bet.She had to choose the winning horses of five consecutive races to achieve her million-dollar win.
Unbeaten Justify wins Kentucky Derby
"I understand the programme and I can break down the races," she said. "It doesn't always work out, but sometimes it does."The Derby-winning horse had good odds beforehand, 3-1, but in one of the other races Ms Reid shrewdly picked a horse with 40-1 odds of winning.After her holiday, Ms Reid told CBS some of her winnings will go towards her daughter's college education.The Kentucky Derby is the most popular horse race in the US, as well as the longest running sporting event in the country.
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