- Tram Ho
In April 1964, a 21-year-old British man wrote a letter to William Hill asking about the odds for people to set foot on the Moon.
Portrait of David Threlfall.
It was about a few months before the Ranger 7 could provide NASA with the first images of the Moon’s surface, while both the US and Russia were still vying for the upper hand in the race to the Universe.
So when the letter was answered by William Hill, it was not surprising that the probability of being set was 1,000-1 – the deadline was January 1, 1971 for anyone from any country who could land. Moon.
A bet shop William Hill.
Those who “bet on” the bet are not necessarily wrong, because no one believes that extraordinary achievements can become true. Just a few months ago, NASA had to bet the possibility that an American could achieve President John F. Kennedy’s goal and set foot on the moon before the decade was 1/20.
David Threlfall did not bet on horse racing or hound racing and also identified himself as ” not very keen on betting. ” But something drew David Threlfall to decide “to go down.”
” That idea came to me one day, ” Threlfall answered David Frost’s interview on TV. He became the first person to bet on a landing on the moon.
Threlfall placed 10 pounds to win 10,000 pounds, which was equivalent to 24 USD to get back 24,000 USD.
On July 20, 1969 – 5 years after placing a bet – Threlfall watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step the first steps of humanity to the moon and were congratulated directly on the BBC channel.
30 minutes after landing, a William Hill executive gave him a check for £ 10,000 right on television. He will not be taxed because the bet was made before betting rules were set.
Threlfall said that he would split half for his parents and put some in stock. He also spent $ 3,000 on new clothes and a trip to the Bahamas, where he was followed by British journalists.
David Threlfall and his bet.
At that time, William Hill said they also delayed betting for people to land on Mars, after Threlfall won $ 24,000 (worth $ 168,000 at the current exchange rate).
Those who set up bets should have kept the bet, because they could make a profit from this bet over the past 50 years.
As for Threlfall, he died a year after winning a bet for a car accident in Scotland.
According to ActionNetwork
Source : Trí Thức Trẻ