The end of the replacement referees’ time on NFL fields came shortly after the horrific call that helped give the Seattle Seahawks a victory over the Green Bay Packers. It was a horrible night for Packer fans and one that hit many football fans the wrong way, but one Canadian man won more than three quarter of a million dollars thanks to it.
Ontario-resident Gino DiFilice won $725,274 on a mere five-dollar wager when the Seahawks won.
That victory gave him a perfect 15-for-15 ledger on his sports betting ticket and won him the money. Citizens in Canada are allowed to bet on sports events in wagers that are run by Canada’s provincial governments.
For those that may not remember, the result of that game was rather controversial.
As time expired, Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson heaved a Hail Mary into the end zone and the end result was a touchdown ruling for receiver Golden Tate. Replays clearly showed that M.D. Jennings of the Packers had full possession of the ball upon hitting the ground which should have given him an interception.
Had the ruling gone in Jennings’ favor, then the Packers would have won the game.
This whole result also shouldn’t have even mattered because a blatant offensive pass interference call on Tate happened right before the ball arrived to the group of players. The problem there is that it wasn’t called correctly either.
DiFilice’s victory seems overly impossible, but turned out to be even stranger when the final story came out. The man told reporters that his 12-year-old daughter, Mia, actually helped him make out the winning ticket.
That is a normal practice for DiFilice who fills out three tickets a week. One of them is filled out with picks by him, another with the help of his daughter, and a third with the help of his 10-year-old son, Marco.
The $725,274 winnings are the third-highest ever awarded in the Pro-Line betting game. Had Green Bay won, DiFilice would have still won money, but he would have had to split the pot with five other people.
“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,” he said, according to the QMI press agency of Canada.
With 14 victories throughout the weekend and needing only one more for the big money, DiFilice said he was just too nervous to watch a lot of the Monday night game.
“I watched the last 1:48 and that’s about it,” he said, according to QMI Agency, adding that he watched the game with his wife and nephew. “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.”
As the world sat and watched in complete shock to see what the replays and officials would finally rule; DiFilice sat there in sheer anticipation of whether or not he had won almost one million dollars.
“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.”
Looking at things since the ending of that game, a lot of good has come about from the end result. One man got lucky and won a lot of money while the world was able to rejoice in the ending of the NFL referees’ lockout.
Sorry, Green Bay fans and players. We all know it still stings.
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