39-Year-Old Michigan Man Wins $1 Million Super Bowl Bet

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Dominic Mirabella, 39, is $1 million richer after his winning bet on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI through a football app, the company announced on Facebook and Twitter Sunday.

Mirabella’s big win wasn’t a result of betting one game properly, but dozens of games, from the first week of the NFL regular season through the Super Bowl. Mirabella won the money using an app called FourPlay Football, a Birmingham-based company. This required successful bets against the company’s unique “spread” in four games a week, all 17 weeks of the regular season, as well as games throughout the playoffs, 81 in all.

Some “three to four thousand” people use the FourPlay Football app, co-founder Jeff Johnson said, and about 85 percent of them are outside of Michigan.

Johnson told The Detroit News Monday that Mirabella had to be lucky as well as good to win. In week three, Mirabella made his move too late. He had to buy in using a “late picker power up” to participate. Late picks are made randomly by the app. Mirabella still went 4 for 4 on those random picks, Johnson said.

But the win drew immediate skeptics.

People from all over the country started talking about Mirabella and how the odds of him picking all the right picks was nearly impossible. The odds were beyond fathoming.

Dominic’s Picks

Mirabella literally was 81-0 against the spread. He completely dominated his picks. 

The owners of FourPlay Football were shocked that when it came time to pick a Super Bowl winner, that Mirabella went with the Patriots. After the incredible performance by the Falcons against Green Bay, everyone was sure that he would pick them as a favorite. But in the end, Mirabella just couldn’t bring himself to bet against the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady. 

It is a good thing he went with his gut…because he made some serious bank! 

Mirabella will receive a check this week for $100,000 and then nine more just like it over the next ten years. Not a bad score at all!