An Illinois car dealership owner hit it big last weekend on a six-leg football parlay that cashed in for a whopping $2.96 million.
The owner of the winning ticket Illinois sports betting ticket was Marco Piemonte. He oversees five of the Al Piemonte Auto Group dealerships across the Land of Lincoln. Piemonte’s parlay consisted of two college football games and four NFL games. Two of the NFL games featured huge underdogs that came out victorious.
Piemonte’s parlay picks
Leg #1 – The first bet in the parlay was Minnesota -145 to beat Michigan State. The Golden Gophers clobbered the Spartans 34-7. It was an easy winner to kickoff the parlay.
Leg #2 – Things got a little sticky in the second leg of the parlay. Piemonte has Arkansas +2 against Texas A&M. In the fourth quarter the Razorbacks trailed 23-14. But a six yard touchdown run by Arkansas made it a 23-21 lead for Texas A&M.
The Aggies were able to fend off the Razorbacks offense for the rest of the game. So Piemonte’s bet pushed. This moved the parlay’s odds from +8708 to +4453.
Had that game not been a push he would have won over $5.6 million.
A pair of massive underdogs get it done
Leg #3 – Piemonte took a big risk by taking two underdogs to win outright from the NFL’s slate of Sunday games.
The first was the winless Indianapolis Colts to beat the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs at +200 odds. Indianapolis trailed 17-13 late in the fourth quarter. But Colts QB Matt Ryan hit Jelani Woods for a touchdown pass with only 24 seconds remaining to get the victory and keep Piemonte’s wager alive.
Leg #4 – The other big underdog was the Jacksonville Jaguars moneyline +140 traveling cross country to tangle with the Los Angeles Chargers. Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence made easy work of the Chargers, throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Jacksonville crushed Los Angeles 38-10.
A nail-biting win to cap off the parlay
Leg #5 – The fifth leg of the parlay was the Green Bay Packers +1.5 vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With just 14 seconds remaining, Bucs QB Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to bring Tampa Bay within two points. After failing to cash in on the two-point conversion, Green Bay and Piemonte came out victorious.
Leg #6 – The final bet Piemonte needed to win to complete the outrageous parlay was Denver Broncos +1.5 vs the San Francisco 49ers. This was a sloppy game for the Broncos, who were trailing 10-5 in the fourth quarter.
Then, Denver QB Russell Wilson led a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to give the Broncos an 11-10 lead. On the 49ers’ final two drives of the game, QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw an interception and RB Jeff Wilson lost a fumble.
The Broncos came out on top, clinching the big payday for Piemonte.