Super Bowl LV saw Tom Brady lead the Buccaneers to one of the most dominant victories in his towering career. The 31 – 9 pummeling dished out by the underdogs left many bettors scratching their heads and scouring their pockets. What did we all miss?
Obviously, not everyone came up short on their bets. A few astute (or lucky) bettors put it all on the line and triumphed with jaw-dropping wins. If we can’t be them, though, we can at least bask in their glory. Here’s the rundown on some of last Sunday’s biggest sports betting winners:
$3.4M On The Buccaneers
While many of us are content with throwing a little side money on the big game – for one rowdy Texan, that was not enough. Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale used DraftKings Sportsbook to place one of the largest bets in Super Bowl history – a whopping $3.46 million on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For “Mattress Mack,” this wasn’t out of the ordinary. In fact, the furniture store owner had long since devised an ingenious strategy to raise his sales. Leading up to the big game he offered a spicy promotion for customers who spent more than $3,000 on a mattress. If he cashed his bet (which he did), those new mattress owners would be getting their money back.
Another Monster Bet On The Bucs
Another massive bet on the Buccaneers was a $2.3 million wager placed by a Nevada man with BetMGM (for a net payout of $2 million). Although about 80% of point spread bettors were gunning for the Chiefs, the two biggest bettors seemed to know history before it was written.
Prop Bet Wins
Aside from high-rollers staking millions of dollars, some of the most sensational Super Bowl LV wins came from risk-averse bettors jeopardizing big money on seemingly lunatic bets.
One long-shot win came from a bettor using William Hill Sportsbook. The bet, which touted 15 – 1 odds, saw a player in New Jersey win $45,000 speculating that Patrick Mahomes would throw for zero touchdowns.
Too Good To Be True
While a $2.5 million net win for “Mattress Mack” might make your head spin, the most outrageous bet of all will make it pop right off. The unimaginable success came from an Indiana bettor way back on July 7th.
The FanDuel user parlayed 5 bets, correctly choosing the champion in all 4 major sports leagues and picking Kamaru Usman as the winner in his UFC bout against Jorge Masvidal. After Tampa’s win on Sunday, this lucky Hoosier turned an initial bet of $8 into an incredible $20,643.84.
THIS. IS. UNREAL.
A customer in Indiana placed this $8 parlay back on July 7th…
They correctly nailed the champions in all 4 major sports and cashed the ticket in tonight for $20,643.84 🤯
— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) February 8, 2021
The Best Bet Of All
Even greater than these goliath throw-downs and long-shot parlays, there was one Super Bowl LV bet that had no possible loser. Tampa Bay Mayor Jane Castor and Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas decided to make an interesting wager.
If Kansas City were to win, Castor would send a BBQ meal to healthcare workers in Kansas City; if Tampa won, Lucas would send food to healthcare workers in Tampa. While Lucas can’t be happy about surrendering the Lombardi Trophy, this debt is one he probably won’t mind paying off.