How £10,000 Neil Armstrong bet left William Hill punter over the moon
In the early 1960s bookmakers William Hill were offering odds of 1000/1 that a human being would set foot on the moon during the 1960s.
In 1964, Londonder, David Threlfall, placed a bet of £10 - twice the average weekly wage in those days - that it would happen.
He collected £10,000 when Armstrong stood on the lunar surface.
'Plenty of other customers took advantage of what now seem almost literally lunar-tic odds' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe, 'We paid out over £100,000 and were perhaps the only people not entirely delighted to see that particular feat of human exploration and ingenuity acheieved.'
**However, not everyone believes that Armstrong did actually ever reach the moon and Hills have also taken bets at odds of 500/1 that the US Government will officially admit that the moon landing was faked.