Man wins $725k through Controversial $5 Football Bet

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It’s safe to say that replacement officials were an utter disaster in the NFL this season, and many people are glad that the normal referees are back. However, one person who’s still celebrating the short-lived era of the replacement officials is Gino DiFelice.

The Canadian recently collected $725,274 on a $5 wager after correctly picking all 15 games on a parlay football bet. And thanks to what was widely believed to be a blown call in a Seattle Seahakws-Green Bay Packers game, DiFelice won the final game he needed to collect the $725k.

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Getting into the specifics of the blown call, the Seahawks were driving down the field and needed a touchdown to win. With just seconds to play, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson heaved a Hail Mary pass to teammate Golden Tate; however, Packers cornerback M.D. Jennings appeared to have intercepted the ball. But Tate reached his hands in and grabbed the ball as Jennings landed, and replacement officials signaled a touchdown. Many feel as if Tate didn’t do enough to actually have joint possession.

Nevertheless, the miracle TD stood and granted DiFelice’s miracle of picking 15 correct games on a parlay. What’s funny is that his 12-year-old daughter, Mia, had a big hand in filling out the winning sports bet. Gino talked about this by telling reporters the following:

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.

DiFelice went on to say that he normally makes three sports bets a week – one that he fills out by himself, and two that his children help complete. Based on what transpired with his most recent bet, it’s likely that the father of two will continue consulting his kids on future football bets.

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