A GAMBLER breathed a huge sigh of relief after betting his whole £55,000 inheritance on Liverpool winning the Premier League.
Manchester United fan Tony Ward, 55, had been waiting nervously since October when he made the bet.
But the dad of three collected £36,000, when Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool were confirmed as the premier league champions last month following Manchester city loss against Chelsea.
Tony inherited the stake amount £55,000 when his mum Rose died in 2017 aged 82. He put the whole inheritance on Liverpool back in October, at fractional odds of 4/6 on Ladbrokes.
He said: “Liverpool were always looking like they could win the title. I picked them after a long, long debate and considerations.”
He then watched Liverpool streak ahead of Manchester City, with the title a mere formality — until the coronavirus lockdown came.
Tony, who calls himself an “armchair” Man United supporter, then had to wait for some months before the season eventually restarted in mid-June,
He said: “I would have got my stake back, I think, if the season had been cancelled. But that would have been unfair.
“Liverpool were that far clear. They only needed six points.”
The reds, managed by Klopp, quickly got those, clinching their first top-flight title in 30 years and earning Tony his payout from bookmakers Ladbrokes.
He is now planning a foreign vacation while keeping the rest in the bank.
Tony, of Bradford, West Yorks, said of his mum Rose: “She wouldn’t have minded what I did with the money — not at all. She liked a flutter!
“She liked the horses. But I’d give it all back to have my mum still around.”
We hope Tony uses the money well and won’t have to pray for another Liverpool win.
We urge you to read more on bankroll management to avoid fears concerning your bets.