Deal or no deal: Nervous Leicester fan accepts £72,000 offer on 5,000-1 bet that Foxes would win Premier League
If Leicester City win the championship the bet would have been worth £250,000
An anonymous gambler has pocketed £72,000 (HK$797,000) after cashing in on a £50 bet he wagered at the start of the season on Leicester City winning the Premier League at odds of 5,000-1.
The Leicester fan decided to take the offer from a British bookmaker before the league leaders won 1-0 at Watford on Saturday.
If he had held on until the end of the match the offer would have risen to £91,000. If Leicester do go on to win the title the bet would have been worth £250,000.
“I’m ecstatic. I read the papers on Saturday morning and thought it’s time to cash out,” the anonymous fan was quoted as saying on the Ladbrokes website on Monday.
“Win or lose the league I’m looking forward to the rest of the season ahead. It will mean so much if we win so there’s no point in being greedy.
“A holiday to Spain is a certainty followed by paying off the mortgage with the winnings.”
Leicester, who are five points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur with nine matches to play, are chasing their first-ever top-flight title.
City’s next game is at home to second-bottom Newcastle United next Monday. Ladbrokes now rate Leicester at 5-4 to finish the season as champions.