A White Christmas costs the bookies up to one million

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Five out of six official weather stations, which are used by bookmakers to determine whether it has been a White Christmas, confirmed yesterday that the snow fell in the UK on the Christmas Day for the first time in years.

“We estimate it has cost us over £500,000 as the record gamble started with a flurry and turned into an avalanche,” Warren Lush, Ladbrokes\’ spokesman, said. 

Ladbrokes will pay out for a White Christmas in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Manchester for the first time since 2001.