|Paddy Power is paying the price this week after a recent publicity stunt backfired encouraging punters to place bets on which celebrity would be the next to be arrested.|
The Irish bookmaker offered odds of 14-to-one that ‘Al Gore’ would be the next high-profile American to be arrested but did not specify which ‘Al Gore’ it meant. In a bizarre coincidence that could cost the Dublin-based firm up to $13,600, the former American Presidential candidate’s son, Albert ‘Al’ Gore III, was arrested last week for drugs possession after being stopped for speeding in California.
Ireland’s largest bookmaker said that some 50 people had placed money on the long shot and have been quick to claim their winnings.
'We got a good stoning thanks to the Vice-President's son,' said the company in a statement.
Paddy Power offered odds that had made Paris Hilton the two-to-one favourite to be arrested with American President George W Bush and Microsoft’s Bill Gates among the outsiders on odds of 33 and 50-to-one respectively.
Gore’s 24-year-old son was detained on Wednesday morning after a sheriff's deputy smelled marijuana and searched his car, finding marijuana alongside Xanax, Valium and Adderall.
“He does not have a prescription for any of those drugs,” said Jim Amorino, Spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
The arrested Gore lives in Los Angeles and is the youngest of Al and Tipper Gore’s four children and their only son. He is an associate publisher of GOOD, a magazine about philanthropy aimed at young people.