By now, the infamous Monday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers has taken a backseat to the relative return to normalcy brought about by the return of the regular officials. But while a lot of people may still have a bad taste in their mouths from that game, you won’t find too many complaints from Canadian Gino DiFelice.
The Ontario native was one of the few who actually bet on the Seahawks to cover that game and when the replacement refs awarded the call to Seattle, DiFelice scored one of the most improbable gambling wins we’ve seen in a while, winning $725,274 in a Proline win that saw him go 15-for-15 on the NFL’s Week 3 games.
And the best part about DiFelice’s jackpot? He only had to pay $5 for the ticket.
“I still can’t believe it,” DiFelice said earlier this week, as quoted by the QMI press agency of Canada. “It’s funny when you think of it. It’s unbelievable.”
We certainly agree on the ‘unbelievable’ part, especially after DiFelice admitted that the winning ticket wasn’t actually his own picks, but that of his 12-year old daughter.
“Every week I do a ticket with my picks, and then I ask my kids – Mia, 12 and Marco, 10 – who they like,” DiFelice explains.
“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.”
We could only imagine how emotionally overwhelming those last few minutes of the Seahawks-Packers game ended up being for DiFelice. Even if the right call would have been made to give the Pack the win, DiFelice would’ve still won a huge chunk of money, but according to him, he would’ve shared it with five other people. But thanks to his daughter’s apparent skill in picking NFL games, he has all that money for himself.
Maybe we need to follow his lead and ask our kids to make the picks for us.