There were varying estimates regarding exactly how much money changed hands worldwide following last week’s Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers game, but everyone seemed to agree that it was a lot. According to some experts, that outing (the one that ultimately ended the NFL referee lockout once and for all) caused anywhere from $150 million to $1 billion in bets to shift.
While those numbers are admittedly huge, because they’re worldwide totals, they don’t pack the same sort of punch that individual winnings do. In order to understand the magnitude of what happened, you really need to examine the major winnings or losses of a select few gamblers.
Enter: Gino DiFelice of Brantford, Ontario.
According to Busted Coverage (via Larry Brown Sports), DiFelice won $725, 274 last week when the end result of Packers-Seahawks made him 15-of-15 on his weekly NFL picks – an accomplishment that apparently comes with a pretty hefty payday up North.
As it turns out, in Canada you can play NFL games lotto style. You pick a certain amount of them, and if you nail each one – you get the jackpot.
“Every week I do a ticket with my picks, and then I ask my kids (Mia, 12 and Marco, 10) who they like. I do one ticket each with their picks,” DiFelice told the Toronto Sun.
“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.”
And how did he react to the ridiculous way that game ended?
“I watched the last 1:48 and that’s about it,” he said. “I couldn’t watch the rest of the game. I had the ticket sealed in an envelope and nobody knew until after the game until I told them.
“When the play was under review I couldn’t believe what was happening. When the call was made, I went nuts. I ripped open the envelope to show them. They couldn’t believe it.”
So you see, some good did come from the replacement referees. If not for their complete and total ineptness, DiFelice (the father of at least two pre-teen kids) wouldn’t have come up like he did.
Maybe we should bring back the replacements.