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£3 million paid out to customers - 5000/1 win rated same chance as FIFA hosting World Cup in the Antarctic
LEICESTER CITY'S Premier League win was as likely as FIFA hosting the 2026 World Cup in the Antarctic according to Ladbrokes.
The Foxes' title glory is officially the greatest sporting upset of all time, and with odds of 5000/1 on offer at the start of the season the bookies rated them as complete no-hopers, giving punters and fans the same chance of seeing aliens land in their back garden.
It was more likely at 1000/1 Sir Alex Ferguson would win Strictly Come Dancing or that Jose Mourinho would find himself Down Under on I'm A Celebrity during his time out of management.
However, longer odds are available that there's a beautiful pearl hiding underneath an oyster or that the Loch Ness Monster is found alive after all these years.
Leicester City backers collected a cool £3 million on Monday evening as Spurs failed to beat Chelsea. 47 customers placed bets on the East Midland outfit winning the league at 5000/1 at the start of the season, with 25 cashing out over the last 10 months.
Of the 5000/1 winners £100,000 is the largest amount being collected thanks to a £20 bet placed in August 2015.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "It's the greatest sporting upset since David beat Goliath. We had as much faith in Leicester winning the league as we thought there would be of FIFA hosting the World Cup in the Antarctic."
She added: "It's been a fantastic season and we're paying out with smile. Fans all over the country will be backing their team 'to do a Leicester' next year and we wish them the best of luck following in the footsteps of Claudio Ranieri's side."
Ladbrokes facts and figures
£3 million paid out to customers who backed Leicester City to win the Premier League 2015/16
47 customers placed bets on Leicester City winning the Premier League 2015/16 at 5000/1
25 cashed out during the season with 22 taking their full winnings
£50 is the largest amount staked at 5000/1 - this was cashed out in early March for £72,000
£20 is the the largest winning bet at 5000/1 which was not cashed out - this has collected £100,000 in winnings
£60 is the stake of the largest winning bet overall - the wager was placed at odds of 3000/1 collecting £180,000 in winnings
Other scenarios as likely, more likely and less likely than Leicester City winning the Premier League at 5000/1
Finding a pearl in an oyster 10,000/1
Aliens landing in the UK 5000/1
Loch Ness Monster being found 10000/1
FIFA hosting the 2026 World Cup in the Antarctic 5000/1
David Moyes to be an X Factor judge 2500/1
Arsenal to sack Arsene Wenger and install Piers Morgan as boss 2500/1
David Cameron to become Aston Villa manager 2500/1
Vinny Jones to win a Best Actor Oscar 2500/1
Jose Mourinho to go on I'm A Celebrity 1000/1
Sir Alex Ferguson to win Strictly Come Dancing 1000/1
Adebayo Akinfenwa to win BBC sports personality of the year 1000/1
Yeovil winning the FA Cup 2016/17 5000/1
Leicester City/Jamie Vardy the movie to win an Oscar 1000/1
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