Tradie wins $800k on Melbourne Cup minutes after being dumped

A tradie feeling down in the dumps after being ditched by his date on Melbourne Cup day has had an incredible change of luck.

Kenny Morgan, from Victoria, was watching the annual horse race last week when his date suddenly told him “she was looking for something else”.

After his $10 bet on the main event failed to bring home any winners, the 44-year-old carpenter chalked it up to bad luck.

“We had lunch and a few drinks and all the rest of that and she’s like, ‘Kenny, I’m looking or something particular and you’re not it’,” Mr Morgan told 9News.

Kenny Morgan was watching the annual horse race last week when his date dumped him. Source: 9News

Feeling defeated, the tradie was flipping through his phone and decided to check on his bet once again.

In the meantime, finishing positions of the horses were rearranged after a protest – landing all of Mr Morgan’s top picks in the lead with a winning prize of $793,814.

The stunned 44-year-old said he started shouting, “oh my God, oh my God”, but his date was not impressed.

“She said, ‘Sit down, you’re embarrassing me!’ Mr Morgan told the Herald Sun.

When he showed his date how much he had won, she started screaming too.

After placing his date in a taxi, Mr Morgan headed to the casino to celebrate with friends.

Kenny said he plans to buy his first house with his Melbourne Cup winnings. Source: 9News

He told 9News he plans to use his new-found fortune to help out his mother and buy his first house.

“You don’t understand, I’ve been trying for ages, it’s going to help me out so much,” he said.

As for his date, Kenny said her feelings suddenly changed after his win and he received a few messages from her the next day. He hasn’t responded.

“I wouldn’t go on another date with her but I have no ill feelings towards her and I hope she finds what she’s looking for,’’ Mr Morgan told the Herald Sun.

As for what the lucky tradie is looking for in a partner?

“I want someone who’s nice and down to earth, family orientated and not superficial,” he said.

“I’m not fussed about looks as they fade.”

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