We've heard stories of people putting a few pounds on a bet and winning big, but few have managed to walk away with the cash several years after placing the wager.
But that's exactly what happened to Jordon Fawcett who bet £20 in 2010 ($26) that Wayne Rooney would return to Everton. He says he only placed the bet as a wind up to Reds fans.
Once he made the wager, he stored the slip in his mum's home and didn't think anything of it. At the time, the bookies claimed it was 5-2 odds that Rooney would go to Chelsea, 3-1 to go to Real Madrid and 20-1 for AC Milan, while the odds of him going back to Everton were a whopping 100-1.
Koeman unveils the re-signing of Rooney. Image: PA
But when the news broke a week ago that Rooney would indeed be returning to Everton, he raced to cash in his prize.
But he couldn't find it anywhere, telling Manchester Evening News: "I turned the house upside down to find the slip when Wayne did move to Everton - my brother was laughing, but I wasn't - it was a lot of money! It was my first ever bet, so I remembered it clearly."
Incredibly, BetFred were understanding and gave him £2000 ($2,620) after he was able to prove his handwriting.
The 33-year-old, father of two says the money will go a long way: "We originally could not afford a honeymoon with the cost of the reception, now with this £2,000 we are probably going to Majorca with our two children. I am over the moon."
BetFred owner Fred Done adds: "It's amazing that a Red legend like Wayne Rooney going back to his boyhood club is paying for the honeymoon of a loyal City fan. Jordon is one of only 19 people in the country who put a bet on Rooney going to Everton at 100-1."
On his return to the club, Rooney was enthusiastic about the future, saying: "I'm coming back because I feel the club can move forward and be successful."
The 31-year-old also recorded this message for fans:
According to the Daily Mail the 31-year-old is set to have his wages halved from £300,000-a-week to 'just' £150k-a-week.
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