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The reason for a relatively small difference between the amount of the bid and the reward to the winner is simple: on the eve of the referendum practically no one in the United Kingdom had any doubt as to the result of the referendum. A few days before the plebiscite numerous polls had confirmed that the majority of the population of Scotland wanted Scotland to remain part of the integral state.
The forecasts made by the centers for studies of public opinion made no mistake: the opponents of granting Scotland the status of an independent state have won with a 10% margin.Spokesman for the William Hill Bookmaker's Gram Sharp said that the unnamed bidder had initially qualified the bid as an investment and that he had hoped not only to get his money back, but earn some proceeds as well.
"It was the biggest bid on politics ever known in history," the spokesman said.
The William Hill Bookmaker's had accepted around three million pounds ($5 million) all in all in contributions from those who wanted to try their luck, bidding on the outcome of the referendum, the spokesman said. To realize the scope of the campaign, it is enough to say that the referendum had raised more money than the recent general election in Great Britain and the presidential election in the United States together.