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09/07/2012

Oxfam celebrates £100,000 windfall after dead donor's bet that Roger Federer would win seven Wimbledon titles finally pays out


  • Nick Newlife placed £1,520 wager on Federer in 2003
  • He bet the Swiss star would win Wimbledon seven times by 2019
  • Oxfam land £100,000 win after 66-1 wager came in
A tennis fan who predicted Roger Federer's record-equaling Wimbledon triumph almost a decade ago has helped win Oxfam £100,000.
Nick Newlife placed an adventurous £1,520 wager in 2003 on the Swiss maestro to win Wimbledon seven times by 2019, at odds of 66-1.


Mr Newlife, who died three years ago, bequeathed the betting slip to the charity in his will, with Oxfam bosses watching in delight as the bold gamble yesterday won them the six-figure sum.
After Mr Newlife passed away in 2009 aged 69, Oxfam narrowly missed out on the prize money when Federer crashed out at SW19 last year.

Andy Murray's misery at the All England Club has become Oxfam's joy, however, as the ticket will now see them handed a £101,840 donation.
Mr Newlife, of Tackley, Oxon., died in 2009 with no family and friends and left his worldly belongings to the Oxfam charity - including the betting slip.
He was a recluse and asked neighbours to place bets for him because he was convinced bookies had worked out his system.

The bearded bachelor was a landlord who lived alone in a three bedroomed semi-detached house set in a picture postcard countryside village.
Neighbour at the time Gavin Cowan, 56, said: 'Mr Newlife came to me and got me to help him install a computer - he said he wanted to place a series of long-term bets.

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