Spain victory earns one lucky customer a cool £275,000
Despite starting as favourites to win the World Cup, Spain's triumph produced a profitable return for bookmakers.
William Hill say that the World Cup was the biggest gambling event of all time, attracting a record betting turnover of £1 billion.
'Not even England's unexpected early demise prevented the World Cup producing a record betting turnover and fortunately for us Spain's early defeat by Switzerland seemed to dampen enthusiasm for backing them, which worked in our favour' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
HOWEVER, one Hill's client who staked £50,000 on Spain at odds of 9/2 was celebrating a return of £275,000.
ENGLAND have been written off as 16/1 no-hopers for the 2014 World Cup by William Hill
'We have never quoted England at such long odds for a World Cup before, but after the debacle of their campaign this time we need to offer such odds to have any hope of attracing any one to back them' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.