Man, 71, known as Mattress Mack wins world’s ‘biggest-ever sports bet’ for £65m

A 71-year-old man has won what is claimed to be the world's biggest-ever sports bet to take home a massive £65million payout.

Notorious better Mattress Mack, real name Jim McIngvale, staked bets worth £8.5million on MLB franchise the Houston Astros, with his victory confirmed over the weekend. The Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 in game six of the World Series to claim a 4-2 win in the series and land McIngvale his massive payout.

Prior to the match, he had thrown the first pitch and was sat in the front row for the game before jumping up and down in celebration when victory was sealed.

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McIngvale was also seen high-fiving those sat around him in the stands as he was congratulated on his latest betting triumph.

Mattress Mack later shared a picture of his celebrations on social media, tweeting an image of himself holding a briefcase full of cash and writing: “How tweet it is 75 million (USD).”

He also wrote a touching message of thanks to the city of Houston, the Astros and his wife Linda as he came to terms with his outrageous victory.

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This weekend's win comes after McIngvale lost £1million when his horse was beaten at the Kentucky Derby back in May. He also lost £7million betting on the Cincinnati Bengals to win the Super Bowl in February.

McIngvale is renowned for his punting, despite sports betting being illegal in the state of Texas, where Mattress Mack lives. In order to place his bets he travels to either Las Vegas or Louisiana.

He also ties his wagers in with promotions at his furniture shops in order to boost his income and ensure he still wins regardless of the outcome of his bets.

McIngvale allows customers who purchase a mattress to get their money back if he goes on to win big, as he did at the weekend.

The Astros' victory over the Phillies saw them claim the second World Series in their history, having only won their first five years ago in 2017.


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