It can seem odd to some why people would willfully wager their hard-earned money on propositions that are fundamentally difficult to win in the first place. It’s often said that the lottery is a tax on stupidity, and then gambling may just be a tax on people who are too stubborn to think that they too can lose. The appeal of gambling too many are that you can actually win consistently if you are safe and logical when placing your wagers. If you stick to the generally safer ones, then your $100 may turn into $150 fairly easily, but this is small fry for the most part, and if most gamblers wanted only meager profits, then they probably wouldn’t have bothered in the first place.
For the most part, what appeals most to people about gambling is not that they can turn a tidy profit on some small wagers. To them, the true draw is taking the long shot on something happening that is so unforeseeable and unfathomable, that simply betting on it to happen alone, can already be seen as an act of insanity. Yet, these wagers do exist, and the amazing part is that some of them have come to pass.
Faith in Lewis
One of the most improbable wins in gambling history comes from the world of Formula One racing where noted stalwart Lewis Hamilton once made a man significantly healthier just by virtue of him seemingly living up to his potential. A full decade before Lewis Hamilton won the Formula One world championship; there was someone who arguably had more riding on him doing so than even the driver himself. This was because a wager had been placed that Hamilton would raise this prestigious trophy before he turned 25, and it was indeed a prediction that came to be true. The bet was made for what is a relatively meager 100 pounds but the payoff was massive as the return on the man’s investment was a grand 125,000 pounds in total. It was a highly fortuitous wager if ever there was one.
The Fail Mary Delivers
Perhaps an even more improbable winning wager was the one placed on the infamous Monday Night Football game that pitted the Seattle Seahawks against the Green Bay Packers. The game itself was remarkable for the infamous blown call at the end that was made by replacement refs. Yet, no matter how much grief may have been spilled over the erroneous officiating of that game, one man will always be grateful, because the said blown call led to him going a perfect 15 for 15 on his NFL game selections for the week, and doing so yielded a sum of over $725,000 in winnings. That’s not even the most amazing part, because those winnings come from what amounts to a $5 bet.
Gambling, even to those who have studied it thoroughly can still manage to make hardly any sense at all, but when the stars align and the odds fall in your favor, some amazing things can happen.