World Cup 2014: Anti-gambling advert backfires after it correctly predicts Germany to win the World Cup
'Andy's dad' had put all their savings on Germany, but a quick update made light of the correct prediction and managed to convey the dangers of gambling addictions
An advertisement that warned against the dangers of gambling has backfired spectacularly when the unlikely event used to highlight the folly of betting was, in fact, Germany winning the World Cup.
The ad, which appeared on bus shelters and billboards in Singapore, originally showed two young boys – “Andy” and “Andy’s friend – talking in a field, with Andy saying: “I hope Germany wins. My dad bet all our savings on them.”
The problem for the National Council of Problem Gambling is that Germany went on to win, and Andy’s dad will have been celebrating long into the night thanks to Mario Gotze’s extra-time winner.
However, after some quick thinking, the NCPG posted a new advert after the final featuring the same two children.
“Your dad’s team won. Did you get your savings back?” asks Andy’s friend.
“No, dad never stops. He wants to bet one more time,” says a despondent Andy, seemingly looking more depressed than Lionel Messi at the Maracana.
The month-long advert had been criticised worldwide for reminding punters of the riches they could win should they back the winners rather than the danger of gambling, with American talk show host Jimmy Fallon also picking up on the advert during the World Cup.
It came to prominence following Germany’s 7-1 victory over Brazil in the semi-final, with Singaporeans blasting the campaign claiming that it didn’t properly warn of the danger that a gambling addiction can cause.
Video: Germany win fourth World Cup
However, their quick-witted response has in turn been widely praised for demonstrating how a gambling addiction can snowball from one bet to the next.
Latest in Sport
WWE Raw results: Brock Lesnar suspended for post-Wrestlemania 31 rampage after losing title to Seth Rollins
Raheem Sterling interview: No amount of money can convince Sterling to stay at Liverpool
The 10 potential biggest transfers of the summer: Raheem Sterling, Theo Walcott and Radamel Falcao in the mix
Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England shirt is now
Liverpool injury news: Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren expected to be ready for Arsenal clash
- 2 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 3 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 4 6-year-old writes ice cold Valentine's card to his stepmother
- 5 Syrian child photographed 'surrendering to camera because she thought it was a gun'