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Mixed fortunes for punters who placed bets on a white Christmas

PUNTERS who splurged on a white Christmas this year suffered mixed fortunes as bookies were at odds over whether it was actually 'white'.

Despite inches of snow carpeting much of the country on Christmas Day, bookmakers' rules traditionally state that snow must actually fall on December 25 in Dublin for bets to count

Paddy Power, though, paid out €50,000 on a white Christmas regardless.

Similar bets with bookmakers Ladbrokes and William Hill were not so lucky, as the bookies stuck to the rulebook and refused to pay out as no fresh snow fell on the day.

Paddy Power said: "While the whole country was under the spell of the big freeze, we decided to throw away the rulebook and pay out.

"We didn't want to act the Scrooge.

"We'd taken about double the bets this year compared to last year which really wasn't surprising considering the weather we've had.

"The rules say that snow has to fall on Christmas day for the bets to click but we decided to pay out anyway."

People had placed bets of up to €1,000 with the bookmaker in a bid to cash in on Ireland's unprecedented arctic weather.

William Hill said it had received a record number of bets on a white Christmas this year.

The biggest was €2,000, which was placed in November when the odds at that stage were at 7:2- this would have scooped €9,000.

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