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Hanks in store for big payday after betting on long shot

The Detroit News

Actor Tom Hanks could be walking the Green Mile after deciding to have a flutter, as they say in English betting parlance, on English Premier League's Leicester City, according to BBC.com.

Hanks said he put 100 pounds, or $145, on the soccer team to win the title at the start of the season. Oddsmakers had the Foxes at 5,000 to 1 to win the Premier League crown at the season's start.

With three matches left, Leicester holds a seven-point lead over second-place Tottenham. Hanks is a fan of Aston Villa, which is owned by American Randy Lerner.  It's a good thing he didn't bet his heart, though. Aston Villa is expected to finish last in the league and will be relegated to the Championship, English soccer's second tier.

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