A gambler who bet that tennis star Roger Federer would win the Wimbledon title seven days could receive more than 100,000 from beyond the grave.
Nick Newlife staked a bet of 1,520 about the Swiss genius to clinch seven Wimbledon singles’ names at odds of 66/1 back in 2003.
The punter, from Oxford, died in February 2009 in age 59, denying him the prospect of seeing his long-range bet come to fruition.
But bachelor Mr Newlife made arrangements in the event of his death by stating in his will that some proceeds from the outstanding bet should visit Oxfam.
The charity proceeds to receive #101,840 if 29-year-old Federer clinches his seventh Wimbledon singles win, William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said.
The wager states that Federer must win a title by 2019.
Mr Sharpe said:’Federer has returned to top form in recent championships, dropping just to Rafael Nadal in last week’s French Open and he is a major contender for this year’s tournament.
‘Nadal is 2/1 favourite, but Federer is 5/2 second favorite and he could yet prove a literal dead cert for Mr Newlife and Oxfam.’
Stuart Fowkes, from Oxfam, said:’Legacies amount to 10 percent of our total income from people, so they are crucial to us, and as this case proves that they can come in many shapes and sizes.’
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