Bookmaker Had Money On The Wrong Al Gore

Dublin, Ireland (AP) -- Ireland's top bookmaker paid out more than $13,500 today to people who bet that Al Gore would be arrested. Trouble was, Paddy Power PLC neglected to specify which one.

The former US Vice President was rated as a 14-to-1 outsider in a list of American celebrities likely to be arrested next. On Wednesday, the day after the betting went live on Paddy Power's web site, Gore's 24-year-old son, Al Gore III, was arrested and charged with illegally possessing marijuana and prescription drugs.

Paddy Power said it was paying out winnings to about 50 people, because it had failed to identify which Gore it meant.

The company said, "We got a good stoning."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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