A grandfather's faith in his infant grandson's athletic talent paid off big this week when Harry Wilson became the youngest man to play for the Welsh national soccer team, earning his grandfather a payout big enough to retire on.
Shortly after Harry was born 16 years his grandfather, Peter Wilson, laid down less than $80 -- at 2,500-1 odds -- that the boy would play for Wales in an international match. And that landed him more than $200,000 when Harry Wilson came on in the 87th minute of a 1-1 draw with Belguim on Tuesday in a World Cup qualifier.
Peter Wilson, who worked servicing electrical cable, said he retired immediately after his grandson took the field. He was watching the game from home on an iPad.
"I've retired one year early," the 62-year-old told the British press. "I have come home now and will not be going back. Not bad for a daft bet."