While many of us prefer a safe bet, or no bet at all, some people can’t resist the thrill of risking it all. They would probably say that you can’t win if you don’t play the game, but perhaps some of these games would have been better off unplayed. Here are some of the biggest bets, biggest winners and biggest losers in history.
Science fiction fan David Threlfall was so sure that man would one day walk on the surface of the moon that in 1964 he made a bet with a bookie that the miraculous event would occur sometime in the following ten years. The odds were 1,000 to 1, but as we all know, only five years later, the world watched as Neil Armstrong took his first lunar step. Threlfall was awarded with a cheque for £10,000 (close to $195,000 today) and is said to have bought a Jaguar with his winnings.