The NFL's regular officials weren't the only ones
who got rich because of the replacement refs. An Ontario man won more
than $725,000 from a $5 bet when officials botched the last-second call
in last month's Monday night game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green
Gino DiFelice placed the small wager as part of a
Canadian lottery game in which players pick the results of every NFL
game for a given weekend. He was 14-for-14 entering the Monday night
game and had picked the Seahawks to upset the Packers. When Golden Tate
was erroneously awarded a touchdown on Russell Wilson's Hail Mary pass,
DiFelice had his perfect entry.
"Every week I do a ticket with my picks, and then I ask my kids [ages 10 and 12] who they like," he told reporters.
"The winner was the ticket my daughter consulted me on. The funniest
part is, the ticket I made all of the picks myself, I only got four
If the replacements had ruled M.D. Jennings intercepted
the Russell Wilson pass, DiFelice would have tied for the weekly victory
with five other players and would have split the pot. His solo victory
ended up giving him the third-biggest haul in the lottery's history.
the play was under review I couldn't believe what was happening," he
said. "When the call was made, I went nuts. I ripped open the envelope
to show them. They couldn't believe it."