Cancer patient to win 10,000 pounds for surviving

May 30th, 2009 - 8:49 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 30 (DPA) A man who had bet against his doctors’ prediction that he would be dead within months after being diagnosed with cancer looks set to win 10,000 pounds ($16,100), media reports said Saturday.
Jon Matthews, 59, from the town of Milton Keynes, placed 100 pounds in a 50-to-1 bet in 2006 that he would live to see mid-2007 despite his doctor’s prognosis that his asbestos-triggered mesothelioma would end his life well before then.

On June 1, 2008, he made the same bet again with June 1, 2009 as the target.

Matthews has now put down a final bet - at 100:1 - on surviving till the same date in 2010, thus enriching him to the tune of another 10,000 pounds if all goes well.

“I think I’m the first person in the world to bet on my own life,” Matthews said Saturday, adding that physicians at London’s Harefield Hospital had told him that the longest anyone survived after a diagnosis of mesothelioma was 25 months.

“I reached 26 months a year ago and on June 1 this year I will complete 38 months,” he said.

A spokesman for the Matthews’ bookmaker, William Hill, spoke of never before being so “pleased” to pay out for bet.

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