It’s believed that Britain’s bookmakers have been forced to shell out a combined £25 million to punters this week following Leicester City’s Premier League title triumph.
One of the lucky few who won big money was Mandy Clarke, a 58-year-old “football mad” Leicester fan who was handed a £10 betting slip by her boss, Matt Smith, as a joke.
Mandy staked all £10 on the Foxes to win the title, at odds of 5,000-1, and picked up her £50,000 winnings this week.
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She told The Sun: “I’m the biggest Leicester fan going and have been going down to watch the for over 25 years now.
“It was really a bit of banter because I’m always going on about them at work.
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“Over the years Matt and others at the hospital have teased me about it, all the ups and downs I’ve been through with the team including relegation to League One for the first time a few years ago.
“So at the start of the season, following our great escape last year, he placed a £10 bet on City to win the Premier League and gave me the betting slip.
“He bought it as a joke because he was taking the mickey out of my team because he’s a bit of a closet Nottingham Forest fan.
“He is always talking about their European Cup glory back in the 70s.
“But since we won the title on Monday with Chelsea’s draw with Spurs he’s disappeared and hasn’t shown his face.
“When Matt gave me the betting slip I stuck it behind a poster in my office which read ‘Believe’ and ‘Everything is possible’ where it stayed.
“It wasn’t until Tuesday evening that another work colleague reminded me and we went down to Ladbrokes to collect my winnings.
“I haven’t even considered how I will spend it. The money will get spent no doubt but what City have done is so much bigger.
“I still can’t believe it.’’
Mandy couldn't bear to watch Chelsea v Spurs
Leicester were crowned champions of England for the first time in their history after Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
However, Mandy - who works at the private Spire Leicester Hospital in Oadby - couldn’t muster the courage to watch the match.
“I was at home and told everyone not to text or message me,” she added. “That’s how I spent the Spurs versus West Brom game the other week and it went great for us so I wasn’t going to change anything.
“When the game was over my phone was going mental and that’s when I knew we’d won.
“My friend’s other half is a Chelsea fan and went to the game. He called me and I could hear the Chelsea fans cheering for Leicester in the background, it was fantastic.
“It’s a miracle. I still can’t believe it. I am so happy.”
Wes Morgan to lift Premier League trophy on Saturday
Mandy and every other Leicester fan must be counting down the minutes until Saturday evening, when Wes Morgan will lift the Premier League trophy following the home match against Everton.
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