Aussie cashes in on mate’s massive TAB windfall after punter made a rookie mistake

Australian man cashes in his friend’s $690 win at the TAB after the lucky punter made a MAJOR rookie mistake

  • Lucky punter who won $690 shared a photo of bet slip with mate Brad Higgins
  • Photo of unclaimed bet included barcode, allowing Mr Higgins to cash it in
  • Mr Higgins uploaded video of stunt to share some wise advice to other punters

An Aussie larrikin has shared a useful tip with punters of what not to do with their bets after they pick a winner, teaching a mate a valuable lesson in the process.

Perth construction and landscape company owner Brad Higgins couldn’t believe his luck last week when a friend made the rookie error of sharing a photo of his TAB windfall of $690.

The image of the bet slip included the barcode, prompting Mr Higgins to play a prank and show how easy it was to head down to the local TAB to cash in the unclaimed windfall himself.

‘So my friend sent me his bet slip last night but he left the barcode on it,’ he explains in a TikTok video.

‘Rule one, rookie mistake when sending a bet slip to your mates. Do not leave the barcode on because someone can cash it in.’

‘He won $690! I’m going to TAB right now to cash it in to prank him.’

The footage shows him processing the ticket at the TAB machine before walking out with wads of cash.

‘It f****** worked! What ad*******,’ a delighted Mr Higgins said.

‘If I wasn’t his friend, I could rob (him). But I’m his friend so I’ll give it to him today at footy.’

The TikTok video has gone viral with more than 23,500 views.

‘Tab and so on need to change their system so that can’t happen and people need to learn not to overshare,’ one man commented.

Another warned: If you can prove it was yours, the person who cashed it in will be charged for fraud.’

Brad Higgins showed how simple it was to cash in on a lucky punter’s rookie error

Several others recalled how friends had been robbed by up to $80,000 by making the same error.

‘Happens all the time, that’s what this video is for, to tell people it can happen,’ Mr Higgins replied.

While his mate will get his windfall, a punter who backed the 100-1 odd Melbourne Cup winner in 2015 wasn’t so lucky.

Chantelle from Perth snared $825 after jockey Michelle Payne rode Prince Of Penzance to victory to become the first and only female rider to win the race that stops the nation.

She posted a selfie proudly clutching the winning ticket, only for a Facebook ‘friend’ to use the barcode and steal her winnings.

Within 15 minutes of posting the selfie, Chantelle went to the TAB to collect her winnings and was shocked to discover the thief had already beaten her to it.

Brad Higgins played a trick on his mate in the hope other punters will learn from his mistake

Brad Higgins played a trick on his mate in the hope other punters will learn from his mistake

Tea $20 bet was Chantelle’s first ever crack at gambling and later reported the theft to police.

‘I’ve never bet before so me and my two friends went along as you do and put some money on a few different races,’ she told Triple M radio station at the time.

‘When Prince of Penzance’s name came up we were pretty stoked, being amateurs at it. Naturally I took a selfie to show my friends.’

‘My fingers were covering some of the barcode, so someone had a pretty good game at filtering my picture and cutting out my barcode and putting it into an automated machine.’

Almost seven years on, Chantelle’s lesson is still going viral online and was shared on Reddit last month.

Chantelle (pictured) took to social media in 2015 after picking the Melbourne Cup winner, only for a Facebook 'friend' to steal barcode and the $825 windfall

Chantelle (pictured) took to social media in 2015 after picking the Melbourne Cup winner, only for a Facebook ‘friend’ to steal barcode and the $825 windfall

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