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A tennis fan who predicted about Roger Federer’s record-equaling triumph in Wimbledon almost a decade ago has finally able to win Oxfam a whooping 100,000 pounds. Nick Newlife placed an adventurous 1, 520 pounds wager in the year 2003 on the Swiss maestro to win seven Wimbledon titles by the year 2019, at odds 66-1.
Mr. Newlife who died three years ago, bequeathed the betting slip to the charity in his will, who were able to watch in delight as the gamble helped Oxfam won a six amount figure. Oxfam narrowly missed out on the prize money after Federer crashed out at SW19 last year. For Oxfam it was Andy Murray’s bad luck that turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Oxfam as they will now be handed over a 101,840 pounds donation.
The bearded bachelor who had no family or relatives asked his neighbors to place bets for him because he was convinced that bookies had worked out his system. According to a neighbor of Mr. Newlife at that time Gavin Cowan: 'Mr. Newlife came to me and got me to help him install a computer - he said he wanted to place a series of long-term bets. 'He said that it was all going to charity.’
It is amazing how Mr. Newlife’s bet could land six-figure winnings from beyond the grave, and in sporting terms Roger Federer came from the dead to keep the dreams of Oxfam alive along with all his fans.
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