A Houston businessman called Jim McIngvale has won an eye-watering $3.46 million on this year’s Super Bowl. The 69-year-old furniture chain owner has a reputation for placing massive wagers on the biggest sporting events of the year.
Two weeks ago McIngvale bet that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would beat the Kansas City Chiefs with a 3.5-point spread . The Chiefs were a massive odds favourite, while Tom Brady was going for a record 8th Super Bowl win.
Amazingly the Buccaneers pulled out a massive upset by stuffing the Chiefs 31-9, with Brady in great form for the big occasion.
Committed GamblerMcIngvale must be a die-hard gambler because the Texas native had to fly to Colorado to place his wager. Sports betting is outlawed in the Lone Star State so McIngvale had no option but to go on a little trip to place his bet legally.
Also, repeating a fun promotion for his store's customers, he ran a deal whereby anybody who spent $3,000 or more on a mattress would get their money refunded if the Buccaneers were victorious.
In 2017 ‘Mattress Mack’, as the locals know him, ended up refunding $10 million. But it turns out that he was happy to do so because he won $13 million betting on the Houston Astros baseball team to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.