Indianapolis Colts fans had the right to feel aggrieved on Monday night as their players blew a 14-point lead to lose at home against the Philadelphia Eagles under the lights of prime time.
The fans were rightly angry at the loss however one Delaware gambler has an even bigger reason to curse as the colts loss meant he missed out on a whopping $100,000 pay day.
The chance for the big win for the gambler was part of the 'state-run weekly Delaware Sports Lottery' $100,000 Parlay Card.'
Three year wait
According to the lottery's website, bettors "wager $5 and select 15 games against the point spread. If a player correctly picks 15 out of 15 games, he wins $100,000."
In order for the gambler to have won, the Colts would have had to win by a field goal, and with them up 17-6 at the half, you could assume the Colts would and should have closed the game out. However it wasn't to be.
ESPN reported that the no one has predicted 15 games correctly to collect the $100,000 prize since 2011 and according to bookmakers, odds of winning the jackpot are a massive 32,000/1.
More than 4,500 Parlay cards were purchased in week two of the NFL season, meaning that with no one winning since 2011, The Delaware Lottery Games would have had no problem in paying up, had the unlucky man won.
Delaware Lottery director Vernon Kirk told ESPN that he felt bad for the guy:
"Honestly, we were rooting for the guy, starting with Sunday night's game. Our risk manager told us Sunday night that only one person had hit 14 games and needed the Bears and Colts."
Kirk continued, "It definitely looked like Delaware had a winner when the Colts were up 14 midway through the third quarter. Then to have the Eagles rally like that - and to win in the last three seconds of the game - it was agonizing to watch when you knew one player was so close to such a big payout."