Leicester fan wins £29,000 after cashing out £20 bet for Foxes to win league

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With the title race really hotting up, it’s no wonder that fans of the clubs involved are starting to get a bit nervy.

It must be tense enough watching your team as they go in search of Premier League glory but imagine if you have £100,000 riding on it.

Because that was the case for Leicester fan John Pryke.

Pryke put the incredible £20 bet on the Foxes the win the league at the start of the season at 5000-1, so imagine what he goes through every weekend.

But the 59-year-old has decided enough is enough and has cashed out his bet, before he suffers a heart-attack, for a whopping £29,000.

His team are three points clear at the top of the Premier League with just ten matches remaining and he bravely declined a £16,000 offer after their 2-2 home at home to West Brom.

But after title rivals Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City all lost 24 hours later, he was given the opportunity to take £29,000 and run.

"I put the bet on before the season as a laugh, but the nearer it gets to the end of the season the more I'm thinking about the money and less about the team," Pryke told the Leicester Mercury, as per The Sun.

"I couldn't bear it any more so before the West Bromwich Albion game I called Ladbrokes to see how much they would give me if I cashed in the bet early and they offered £16,000.

"I said no, but after the last match Ladbrokes upped their offer to £29,000. It was like being on 'Deal or No Deal' and I just thought to myself that £29,000 isn't a bad return on £20, but if I walk away with nothing I'll be kicking myself.

"I want to enjoy watching the team for the rest of the season and I don't want the thought of the money niggling away spoiling my enjoyment.

"I won't be upset at all if Leicester win the title, I want them to do it. If they do I've watched my team lift the trophy and made £29,000 which isn't a bad outcome is it?” he said.

So, what did his family make of his decision. And, more importantly, what he be spending his winnings on?

"My wife said the money will be going towards a new kitchen and doing the floors out of our house. My son didn't want me to cash it in, but it's my decision at the end of the day," he added.

But that’s not the end of the story.

Incredible, Pryke was so confidence Claudio Ranieri’s side would have an impressive season that he also put £10 on them finishing in the top four at 400-1. He’s decided to let this run and it looks highly likely that he’ll be netting another tidy sum come May.

Was he right in cashing out his bet? Let us know in the comments box below!

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