This woman can take a joke, especially when it pays off big time.
Mandy Clarke of Oadby, England, received what turned out to be a prescription for riches when the doctor she works for, Matt Smith, placed a long-shot bet for her on Leicester City winning the Premier League soccer title. The plastic surgeon purchased the £10 (about $14) wager at 5,000-to-1 odds before the season to tease her about the unlikelihood of her favorite team capturing the crown, the BBC reported.
According to the BBC, Clarke takes a ribbing at the office for her loyalty, but she pinned the wager ticket next to a poster with the inspirational message: "Believe and all things are possible."
The bookmaker offered Clarke a cash-out for less money earlier, but she stuck by her guns, The Sun reported.
Good move. When a tie between two other teams on Monday clinched the title for Leicester City, the club had pulled off one of the greatest underdog conquests in sports history. Clarke collected £50,000 (more than $72,000) on Tuesday.
"The £50,000 is fabulous, I can't take it in," she told the BBC. "But the icing on the cake is Leicester City winning because that will live on and on and on."
Clarke, a 58-year-old widow, told The Mirror that her boss applauded her good fortune.
"He texted 'congratulations' and said he hoped I was down the pub getting drunk," she said. "It's a miracle. I still can't believe it. I am so happy."