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While most Americans were spending their Tuesday morning hungover on the couch, one bettor was celebrating the New Year by cashing in on a 15-leg parlay that netted $100,000 – on a $5 bet

The 15-leg bet was placed at the Hollywood Charlestown Sportsbook in West Virginia, and what a way to ring in the new year! Betting on all but two of the full 16-game NFL slate in Week 17 (Panthers-Saints and Cardinals-Seahawks), including two bets (one spread and one over/under) on the Bears-Vikings game on Sunday afternoon, netted 20,000-to-1 odds on what many would call pocket change.

Hitting this bet only gets more impressive when you realize just how much this bettor had to sweat out some of these games. The Cleveland Browns lost by two but covered the six points because of a hard-fought second-half comeback, and the Atlanta Falcons needed a last-second field goal to win.

But the most impressive leg of this bet was without a doubt the Dallas Cowboys at +6. This was a completely meaningless game for the Cowboys, but head coach Jason Garrett inexplicably left most of his starters in for the entire game. Dallas was down by seven points late in the fourth quarter, when QB Dak Prescott uncorked a Hail Mary on fourth down that Cole Beasley miraculously reeled in. Without that incredible play, this bettor's 15-leg parlay would have fallen apart. 

This ticket feels like a beacon of hope for bettors, and hopefully more bettors will continue to get this lucky in 2019. 


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