MOSCOW, December 11 (RIA Novosti) – So you think the world as we know it has only 10 days left and counting? If you act now, you can win 888 drams per 1 dram with a bet in Armenia.
The 888-to-1 odds on doomsday happening on Dec. 21 were offered on Tuesday by Armenian bookmaker Vivaro, the latest bookie to join the end-of-the-world craze.
Several other online bookmakers are currently taking the same bet, though their odds hover around 500-to-1, which makes the Armenian offer more attractive.
Aptly titled bookmaker Quirkybet.com had offered the million-to-one odds for the 2012 doomsday, but the bet was removed from the bookmaker’s website as of Tuesday evening. It remained unclear whether the bookmaker had any insider information.
Past ends of the world have been known to have attracted a 1,000,000-to-1 bet on at least one occasion in 2008, when the Large Hadron Collider was launched to expectations that it would create a black hole that would swallow the Earth. The bookmaker William Hill earned 119 British pounds ($190) at the time.
Australian bookmaker Sportsbet also offers the opportunity to bet on the exact method of how the Apocalypse will be delivered next week. “Spread of a new incurable killer virus” leads with odds of 21-to-1, while “eaten alive by zombies” is the least likely option with the potential payout of $1,001 per $1 bet. Options on offer also include “another Big Bang,” “engulfed in lava” and “alien invasion.”
None of the bookmakers explained how any winnings are to be collected in a post-apocalyptic world, though Sportsbet admitted it may be problematic.