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Bettor Geno DiFelice won $725,275 on Packers-Seahawks Hail Mary call

Amid the influx of horror stories we have heard about replacement officials and how awful they were for the game of football, there is at least one story that sticks out from all the rest. By blowing one of the biggest calls in NFL history and essentially handing the Seahawks a win over the Packers last week, the NFL’s replacement refs changed the lives of Branford, Ontario’s Geno DiFelice.

Heading into the Monday night game last weekend, DiFelice was a perfect 14-for-14 on his Ontario Loterry (Proline) NFL picks sheet. When the officials infamously ruled that Golden Tate had simultaneous possession of a pass that Packers safety M.D. Jennings appeared to have intercepted, DiFelice won $725,274.

“I still can’t believe it,” DiFelice said Monday according to the Toronto Sun. “It’s funny when you think of it. It’s unbelievable.”

DiFelice’s winnings are the third-highest payout in Proline history. No, he’s not some gambling guru. In fact, the ticket he filled out himself without any advice only had four picks right. It turns out Geno can thank his daughter for the fortune he just won.

“Every week I do a ticket with my picks, and then I ask my kids (Mia, 12 and Marco, 10) who they like,” he explained. “I do one ticket each with their picks. The winner was the ticket my daughter consulted me on. The funniest part is, the ticket I made all of the picks myself, I only got four right.”

Some of the earnings better go into Mia’s college fund. DiFelice said he only watched the last 1:48 of the game because he was so nervous, and he stayed up for five hours afterward waiting to hear what he had won. If the Packers had won, he would have had to split the winnings with five others.

While the blown call may have changed the season for Seattle and Green Bay and cost other gamblers hundreds of millions, it ultimately put over $500,000 in the pocket of one lucky man in Canada.

Father wins £10,000 on 10-year-old bet thanks to son’s Manchester United debut

A father’s confidence in his son’s soccer-playing ability paid off in a big way on Wednesday.

According to The Guardian, Mick Tunnicliffe placed a bet 10 years ago that his son would one day play for Manchester United. Tunnicliffe wagered £100 and received 100-1 odds that his son, Ryan (pictured), who was nine years old at the time, would eventually play for the Reds.

Ryan, who is now 19 and a midfielder, entered as a substitute in the 77th minute of Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Newcastle United Wednesday.

No doubt his father Mick was cheering louder than any of the other 46,357 fans in attendance.

As odd as this betting story sounds, it’s actually not too unusual in Europe where sports books will take action on almost anything you can think of. According to reports, Rory McIlroy’s father stands to make £200,000 if his son can win The Open Championship next year thanks to a bet he and friends made several years ago.

Bettor reportedly won $105,000 on $3,000 Texas State over Houston wager

The opening week of college football is typically filled with upsets, mainly because not even bookmakers know what to expect from certain teams who have lost players and are bringing in new recruits. One of the bigger upsets of the weekend came when little-known Texas State threw a 31-10 beating on Houston. The Cougars went 13-1 last season and easily defeated Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl, so very few expected Texas State to come out on top. As always, there was at least one fortune teller who predicted the outcome.

According to VegasInsider.com, William Hill was one of the few sports books to offer a money line on the Houston-Texas State game and gave Texas State 35-to-1 odds. One brave bettor decided to throw $3,000 on Texas State and was likely quite pleased when the risk turned into $105,000.

Either he or she was feeling very lucky or just has a lot of money to throw around. Unlike the woman who reportedly won an astronomical amount of money by betting 10 cents on a horse race or the guy who won thousands by betting $70 on Ernie Els, $3,000 is a lot of money to risk on something that is in all likelihood not going to happen. A lot of people say you have to bet big to win big, and I guess that’s exactly what the Texas State supporter decided to do. Smart bet? I think not. Amazing result? Absolutely.

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Bettor reportedly won over $32,000 on a $70 Ernie Els British Open bet

Adam Scott collapsed so badly at the British Open on Sunday that his name was already stenciled on a piece of championship hardware before the tournament ended. But it wasn’t all for none. When Scott birdied the 14th hole, the betting odds for him to win the tournament skyrocketed to -7000. That means he had a 98% of winning with four holes remaining and Ernie Els, who was in second place and trailed by four shots, had virtually no chance.

According to WagerMinds.com, at least one bettor wasn’t prepared to give up on Els at that point and decided to make a wager to prove it. Els was an incredible 469-to-1 underdog heading into the 15th hole, and the bettor placed $70 on Els to take home the trophy. As we know, Ernie erased the four-stroke lead and went on to win. His victory reportedly netted the gutsy gambler $32,830.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — the fact that he won doesn’t make it a smart bet. Every year we see bettors who win incredible amounts of money on miraculous comebacks or long-shot horses, but wagers of this nature happen all the time and are usually guaranteed money for the house. Something tells me the person who won over $32,000 on Sunday doesn’t care if their bet was intelligent or not.

I’ll Have Another trainer Doug O’Neill won $20,000 from a $100 bet on his horse

When I’ll Have Another was retired the day before the Belmont Stakes earlier this month because of tendinitis, horse racing enthusiasts were extremely disappointed. After winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (in a photo finish), I’ll Have Another had a shot at the coveted Triple Crown. While the horse’s trainer, Doug O’Neill, was likely devastated when he got the news that I’ll Have Another could no longer race, at least he had $20,000 to help ease the pain.

Back in February, one day before I’ll Have Another’s 2012 debut and three months before the Kentucky Derby, O’Neill wagered $100 on his own horse to win the race. Since I’ll Have Another was far from a household name at that time, the odds at Lucky’s Race and Sports Book in Nevada were 200-1. O’Neill thought he had a winner, so he went with his gut and wound up $20,000 richer because of it.

However, O’Neill is facing a fine of $15,000 in California for an elevated carbon dioxide violation — his third in the state — along with a 45-day suspension starting July 1. At least his gut instinct may have saved him from having to pay the fine out of pocket.

O’Neill cashed the ticket in person Monday at the Lucky’s betting parlor inside the Primm Valley Resort and Casino at the Nevada-California state line. O’Neill posed for pictures with surprised patrons and signed the winning ticket (pictured), which Lucky’s marketing director Dan Shaprio put out on Twitter.

Kentucky woman wins $63,000 after 10-cent bet at racetrack

Sometimes you can bet on VCU going all the way in the NCAA Tournament only for it to blow up in your face. Other times you can make a small wager on the first score in the Super Bowl being a safety and end up winning big.

That’s the beauty of betting on long shots. No matter how badly the odds aren’t in your favor, you always have a chance. And a small bet on your part could end up making you look like a genius.

That’s exactly the lesson learned by an insanely lucky Kentucky woman, who is now reportedly $63,000 richer after winning big on a petty 10-cent bet at a New Mexico horse racetrack. From WLKY.com:

72-year-old Julia Kring, of Frankfort, Ky., won the bet last week when she hit the Solo Pick 6 at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Kring had placed her bet through TwinSpires.com.

Kring said she saw an ad for the Sunland Pick 6 and decided to take a chance on that racetrack that day.

“I spent a lot of time studying, but it was all luck,” she told the El Paso Times. “I was fortunate to hit the Pick 6, but I’ll take it. It was an exciting day for me. I love trying to figure out a race. There are so many things to figure out and try to pick a winner. Racing is my passion.”

Big congrats to Julia on what we hope was a totally legitimate win and not the indication of 2012 branching off into Alternate 2012.

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Safety as first score in Super Bowl reportedly wins bettor $15,000

Tom Brady’s intentional grounding penalty from the end zone in the first quarter of the Super Bowl resulted in a safety for the Giants, giving them a 2-0 lead. The safety as the first score in the game was a big deal in sports books because it had a large payout.

According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, a safety being the first score of the game paid 75:1. That means if you bet $10 on a safety being the first score, you were paid $750.

One person reportedly cashed in even bigger than that.

CNBC reporter Darren Rovell says a bettor at sportsbook.com wagered $200 that a safety would be the first score of the game. The lucky person ended up winning $15,000.

We didn’t encourage people to spend their money on Super Bowl prop bets, but there certainly was plenty of room to profit like this person.

Oh yeah, and that was a terrible play by Tom Brady. Even a rookie quarterback should know much better than to heave a ball downfield with no receivers around, let alone a veteran who’s won regular season and Super Bowl MVP.

UPDATE: It looks like another savvy bettor won $50,000 betting a grand that the first score would be a safety. Here’s that winning ticket:

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