If anyone had as good a Sunday as Tiger Woods, that was James Adducci.
Who is James Adducci?
He is the 39-year-old Wisconsin day trader who had such a strong premonition that Tiger Woods would win the Masters he made his first sports bet – a whopping $ 85,000 in cash at a 14-odds -1.
The result was a payment of $ 1.275 million, the largest payment in the history of William Hill Sportsbook.
Adducci, who has a $ 25,000 debt on a mortgage, student loans and auto loans, flew to Las Vegas and launched an $ 85,000 bet on Woods last Tuesday.
His intuition paid off on Monday, when William Hill gave him a check for $ 1.275 million – his initial bet plus a salary of $ 1.19 million.
The bet was "everything I had that I could afford to lose," Adducci told Golf Digest. "I just thought it was predestined for him to win."
Based on the sale of Amazon securities, Adducci took away the backpack filled with money from a Las Vegas bank to the William Hill sports book of the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in a carpool sitting next to a mother and daughter "Save $ 2."
"This is a story for the ages," said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. "Tiger goes back to the top and a guy from Wisconsin, on his very first sports betting, wins over a million bucks by betting on him. We congratulate James and Tiger for their epic victories. "
Adducci watched the tournament with his 82-year-old father, never doubting his choice, even though Woods struggled in the first five holes. Woods won a one-shot victory at Augusta, finishing under 13 to win his fifth green jacket and his first in 15 years. No. 15.
Things might have been a little more hectic for the Adducci, even though his father did not understand the personal scale of the victory.
"Golf was so special for my dad and me," he said. "Seeing Tiger win a major tournament for the first time in front of his kids has been important to me."
There are already some projects in preparation for this massive windfall – aside from his father's request for a frozen custard. Adducci and his wife, who opposed little to his big bet – "She said to me:" I can not stop you from doing it because if he wins, I will never forgive myself She is a babysitter. "- will repay most of their debts and invest in new garage doors.
What remains will not be wasted either.
"I'm a responsible guy," he said. "My background is finance. I will invest most of it. And we will grow it. "
While Woods still has some work to do to catch Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major tournaments, his end-of-career rally has finally come to mind. The next step is the PGA Championship next month at Bethpage Black, the US Open in June and the British Open in July.
The man who bet on him to win and win big? His story of return is just beginning.