NFL betting: Bettor cashes out, turns free $25 bet into $133K via 16-leg parlay

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Entering Monday Night Football, one bettor was on the precipice of turning $25 into $726,959 at BetMGM via a 16-leg NFL parlay.

Yes, you read that correctly: $726,959!

All this bettor needed was the Detroit Lions to win outright as 11.5-point underdogs on the road against the Green Bay Packers. To that point in Week 2, this bettor had accurately picked the 15 other NFL games on the moneyline.

One of the biggest underdogs of the weekend, however, was standing in the way. The Lions, who had +400 odds on the moneyline, jumped out to a 14-7 lead but ended up losing 35-17.

With a Lions loss always seeming like a pretty likely outcome, you couldn’t help but wonder if this bettor was able to cash out before risking such an enormous sum of money.

Thanks to BetMGM, that’s exactly what happened. BetMGM said Wednesday morning that the bettor was able to cash out for $133,000 (pre-tax, of course).

There’s another layer to this, too. The 16-team parlay was actually made using a free $25 promotional bet. Ordinarily, BetMGM does not provide a cash-out option for free bets. This time, though, the company made an exception “due to the amazing picks and unlikely odds.”

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to throw the ball against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game Monday, Sept 20. 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to throw the ball against the Detroit Lions on Monday, Sept 20. 2021, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Bettor hits 15 consecutive picks

Pretty incredible, huh?

To recap, here are the 15 winning legs of the parlay. There were plenty of close calls along the way.

  • Washington Football Team (-175) over New York Giants

    • Final score: Washington 30, Giants 29

  • Chicago Bears (-130) over Cincinnati Bengals

    • Final score: Bears 20, Bengals 17

  • Cleveland Browns (-650) over Houston Texans

    • Final score: Browns 31, Texans 21

  • Los Angeles Rams (-190) over Indianapolis Colts

    • Final score: Rams 27, Colts 24

  • Buffalo Bills (-175) over Miami Dolphins

    • Final score: Bills 35, Dolphins 0

  • New England Patriots (-250) over New York Jets

    • Final score: Patriots 25, Jets 6

  • Las Vegas Raiders (+190) over Pittsburgh Steelers

    • Final score: Raiders 26, Steelers 17

  • Carolina Panthers (+150) over New Orleans Saints

    • Final score: Panthers 26, Saints 7

  • Denver Broncos (-275) over Jacksonville Jaguars

    • Final score: Broncos 23, Jaguars 13

  • Arizona Cardinals (-190) over Minnesota Vikings

    • Final score: Cardinals 34, Vikings 33

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-650) over Atlanta Falcons

    • Final score: Buccaneers 48, Falcons 25

  • Dallas Cowboys (+135) over Los Angeles Chargers

    • Final score: Cowboys 20, Chargers 17

  • Tennessee Titans (+190) over Seattle Seahawks

    • Final score: Titans 33, Seahawks 30

  • Baltimore Ravens (+180) over Kansas City Chiefs

    • Final score: Ravens 36, Chiefs 35

Some games in particular were extremely close.

Washington: The drama started on Thursday night when Washington’s Dustin Hopkins missed what would have been the game-winning 48-yard goal as time expired. However, the Giants were flagged for going offsides and Hopkins got another chance. This time from 43 yards out, he drilled it and the parlay was off and running.

Cardinals: The Vikings had a chance to beat the Cardinals with a 37-yard field goal as time expired, but Greg Joseph’s kick sailed wide right and the Cardinals pulled out a one-point win.

Cowboys: This game looked destined for overtime, but Greg Zuerlein gave the Cowboys the win with a last-second 56-yard field goal.

Titans: The Titans were down 14 in the fourth quarter, but managed to force overtime. In OT, the Tennessee defense forced Seattle to punt and later won on a walk-off 36-yard field goal.

Ravens: On Sunday night, the Ravens stormed back from down 35-24 and took a 36-35 lead with 3:14 to play. That appeared to be plenty of time for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, but Ravens rookie Odafe Oweh stripped Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire at the Baltimore 32. The Ravens then ran out the clock with a gutsy fourth-down conversion in their own territory.

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