A terminally ill man has collected Â£5,000 after betting he would live to see June.
Eight months ago doctors told Jon Matthews, 58, of Milton Keynes, Bucks: “Don’t make plans for Christmas.”
But he had already bet Â£100 that he would survive.
He said: “This time last year I rang William Hill and they gave me odds of 50/1.”
Doctors diagnosed mesoÂthelioma, a form of lung cancer, in April 2006.
“The longest they knew of anyone surviving it after diagnosis was 25 months,” he said. “But today is 25 months and a week.”
Graham Sharpe, a spokesman for William Hill, said: “I’ve never been so pleased to pay a winning client Â£5,000.”
Mr Matthews said he would give half the cash to the Macmillan cancer charity.