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Starbucks Barista Wins $900K in Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest
A 32-year-old Starbucks barista from Las Vegas won the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, the most prestigious football handicapping contest in the world. Now he’s going to get a giant novelty check made out for more than $900K.
The SuperContest is a Vegas institution that costs $1,500 to enter. Each week of the NFL season, contestants have to make five picks against the spread. Contestants are then ranked based on their results, with the prize structure based on the number of entries.
Despite the high cost of playing, the SuperContest has exploded in popularity in recent years. In 2010 there were just 345 entries. In 2016 there were a whopping 1,854.
This year’s winner, Damon G.—he’s withholding his full name until Westgate hands him his check—actually had two entries. Ironically, it was his backup entry, “pops2008,” that finished first. However, his main entry, “pops3284,” finished a respectable 40th.
Both entries were in the middle of the pack after Week 12. However, in Week 15 Damon went 5-0 with pops2008 and 4-1 with pops3284, catapulting both entries into the top 50. Damon then entered Week 17 with his entries tied for fourth, and he went 5-0 with pops2008 on Sunday to clinch the title.
In the end Damon won $895,482 for his first place finish with pops2008, $2,217.38 for his 40th-place finish with pops3284, and $10,000 for winning a mini-contest by going 13-2 over the final three weeks with pops2008.
That’s a grand total of $907,699.38, which is more than he’d make working the next 20 years at Starbucks.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]