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Lucky kick earns $380K for rugby fan

Matthew Rouse (center) was attending the English Premiership match between Saracens and Wasps.
Matthew Rouse (center) was attending the English Premiership match between Saracens and Wasps.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • An English rugby fan won $380,000 at a match between Saracens and Wasps
  • Matthew Rouse managed to hit the crossbar with a kick from 30 meters on Sunday
  • The 30-year-old entered a halftime competition by text message on the day of the game
  • He says it was a special day and one he will never forget

(CNN) -- A British rugby fan has received an unexpected late Christmas present after winning $380,000 in a competition during halftime at a match.

Matthew Rouse produced the kick of his life to hit the crossbar of a rugby post at London's Wembley Stadium and pocket a huge festive bonus.

The 33-year-old was at the venue to watch Sunday's English Premiership clash between Saracens and London Wasps when he decided to enter a competition sponsored by a pizza company via text message.

Rouse was one of three lucky participants selected, and he was handed his shot at glory with a kick from 30 meters (32 yards) during the interval.

Nobody in the ground was more surprised than me when it hit the crossbar
--Matthew Rouse
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Far from thinking he would walk away with the £250,000 prize, Rouse revealed he was more focused on not humiliating himself in front of 38,000 onlookers.

"I haven't played rugby since school and even then I used the warm the replacements' bench," he told the Saracens website.

Watch Rouse's winning kick

"All I could think about when I got out there was to try to make a good contact with the ball and try not to embarrass myself. Nobody in the ground was more surprised than me when it hit the crossbar."

Rouse, who lives in the Hertfordshire town of Tring, revealed that the thought of victory had crossed his mind prior to the match.

"I joked to the family before I left for the game that I'd enter the competition and try to come home with the check, but this is like a dream," he said.

"I've no idea what we will spend the money on. My wife will decide that, but we certainly will be looking to have a fantastic holiday with the children. It's been a special day and one I will never forget."