Lowestoft Foxes fan closes in on 5000/1 jackpot if Leicester City win the league
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:16 06 April 2016
Sarah Lucy brown
It's a fair bet Suffolk's Oliver Winram is feeling like the luckiest football fan in the county today.
Not only is the lifelong Leicester City fan dreaming of his team overcoming unthinkable odds to lift the league title – he’s also among the fortunate few to have put down a hopeful bet on the ultimate longshot.
“I must have taken a bang to head,” said the 24-year-old PE teacher, who placed a pound on his team doing the impossible back in August.
At odds of 5,000/1, Mr Winram’s each-way flutter could land him a windfall payout of more than £3,000 – but only if his beloved Foxes can hold on to lift the Premier League trophy.
“I’ve followed them through thick and thin,” said the Lowestoft man. “After scraping out of relegation last year, I thought ‘hey-ho’ what harm’s a punt.
“Looking back, I wish I’d put more on!”
A teacher at Northfield St Nicholas Primary, Mr Winram inherited his diehard support for the East Midlands club from his father – although living in Lowestoft makes travelling to games tricky.
Since his outside bet became more likely, Mr Winram has been contacted by bookmakers William Hill with an offer of ‘cashing out’ for less substantial winnings before the season ends – but he turned it down in favour of seeing out the wager.
If given the choice of the money or glory, he puts his club over the cash. “I’m in the lucky situation where I could have both,” he said. “But I’d love to see us win the league.”