New born baby inspires Olympic gamble
A couple from Surrey have more reason than most to eagerly await news of their Olympic tickets, having struck a wager with bookmakers William Hill, inspired by the birth of their baby girl, that could pay for their 32 ticket, £2500 London 2012 allocation.
Will Sturgeon, 34, said: "We were actually on the internet picking our Olympic tickets when my wife Alex went into labour. It may even have been seeing the cost of the tickets that set her off!
"When we got home from the hospital we realised the application form was still open on our computer but with the arrival of our baby girl, Saskia Rose, we suddenly had second thoughts about submitting it, as the £2,500 we may end up spending could certainly buy a lot of nappies."
However, it was then that Will, whose previous bets had all been on horseracing, approached William Hill for a once in a lifetime wager. Hills offered him 250-1 on getting all 32 tickets applied for, including in-demand events such as the Men's 100 metre final. That meant a £10 bet with William Hill would win enough money to cover all of the couple's Olympics tickets should they be successful.
"I had a great win on the Grand National just a few weeks ago and must have still been feeling lucky when I came up with this idea," added Will, a media consultant living in Surbiton, Surrey. "I was delighted William Hill were up for it and although I know it's a long shot it certainly gives us an added reason to look forward to finding out what tickets we've got."
'The system for buying Olympic tickets makes it unlikely that the majority of would-be buyers will get all the tickets they have requested, so we believe we've offered Will very fair odds for this unique wager' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe, 'But I'm sure if the bet pays off, Will will be happy that his gamble was just the ticket!'