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Some grandfathers expect their children's children to inherit a family business or carry on a proud military tradition. But Peter Edwards of England had a hunch that his one-year-old grandson, Harry Wilson, would eventually play for the Wales soccer team, because "he used to chase a ball around on the carpet before he could walk."
So, Wilson logically bet £50 on it with the nearest bookkeeper. A decade a half later, he just got a £125,000 (approximately $202,000) payday at 2,500/1 odds.
Wilson, now 16, played as a substitute for Wales (the youngest in its history) against Belgium for a shot at the World Cup. It was a draw for the team, but a huge victory for pop-pop. "[W]hen he came on I had another glass of wine," Edwards said in a BBC interview, calling himself "a proud granddad first for sure." And a proud rich dude second.
Perhaps the best part of this story: Edwards's job kept him away from his wife for almost 26 days per month, so -- after cashing in his winnings -- he immediately retired to spend more time with her. "She is over the moon," he told the BBC. "Not bad for a daft bet."