15 Years Later, Crazy Bet on Grandson Worth $200K
Little Harry Wilson grew up to be a pro soccer player
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2013 2:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – Like a good return on your investment? Try betting that a toddler will become a professional athlete—a gamble that turned $80 into roughly $202,000 for a grandfather in Wales, the BBC reports. Peter Edwards, 62, made the bet on grandson Harry Wilson nearly 17 years ago and just cashed in at 2,500-to-1 odds. "I've retired one year early," says Edwards, an electrical contractor. "I have come home now and will not be going back. Not bad for a daft bet."

Edwards says he put the money down with a bookmaker after seeing little Harry "chase a ball around on the carpet before he could walk." When Wilson rose to the professional ranks, sources speculated that England might woo him, but the midfielder chose to sign with Wales. Still, his debut was gut-wrenching for Grandpa: "I was shattered because I had to wait for 85, 86 minutes before he came on," he says. "But when he came on I had another glass of wine. [I was] a proud granddad first for sure."

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Oct 20, 2013 3:35 PM CDT
News that makes me smile!
Oct 19, 2013 11:58 AM CDT
Having kids is a gamble, might as well double down.
Oct 18, 2013 10:15 PM CDT
AWESOME!!! I love stories like this. Sounds like he really has a great family.