Ontario Man Won $725,274 Thanks To Replacement Refs Controversial Packers-Seahawks Call
The day after the controversial Monday Night Football contest between the Packers and Seahawks, one of the most incredible stories bouncing around the internet was how the supposedly botched call at the end of the game shifted an estimated $150-$250 million in Vegas bets.
If Seattle’s Hail Mary had been ruled an interception, Green Bay would have won by 5 points and covered the spread. But, of course, the pass was ruled a touchdown, and as a result, 100% of the money that would have gone to the people who bet on the Packers instead went to the people who bet on the underdog Seahawks.
The point of the story? Lot’s of people were financially affected by the replacement referees’ handling of that situation. But we didn’t get any specific examples of people affected—until now.
Yesterday the Toronto Sun reported that an Ontario man named Gino DiFelice won a whopping $725,274 thanks to that call.
You see, every week during the NFL season DiFelice plays three tickets with the Ontario Lotto and Gaming Commission’s Proline sports betting service. On each ticket he picks the winner of every NFL game—one ticket with his personal picks, and one ticket each with picks made by his two kids.
Heading into last Monday, DiFelice knew that on one of his tickets he was a perfect 14-for-14, and that if the Seahawks won, he’d be in for a big payday.
That ticket? It was the one his daughter picked.
Anyway, that night Gino watched the Packers-Seahawks game with his wife and nephew, but he didn’t tell them what was at stake. Finally, after the replacement referees made their final decision that the call on the field—well, one of the calls on the field—would stand, he began jumping up and down and screaming.
Then he showed his wife and nephew the ticket.
At the time, they didn’t know how much it would be worth. So they stayed up until five o’clock in the morning hitting the refresh button on the OLG website until, finally, the winnings were announced and he learned he’d won just about a quarter of a million dollars—the second-largest Proline payout ever.
And he has the replacement refs to thank for it.
Hat Tip – [Toronto Sun]