Wisconsin man’s bet on Tiger won him more than $1.2 million

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AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 14: Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates after sinking his putt on the 18th green to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

A Wisconsin man who claims to have never placed a bet on sports before he risked $85,000 on Tiger Woods winning the Masters is now more than a million dollars richer.

James Adducci was presented with a check for more than $1.2 million on Monday at a sportsbook in Las Vegas. Adducci’s win represents the largest golf payout ever for sportsbook operator William Hill US.

Adducci’s reason for betting thousands with 14-1 odds? He said he had a feeling Woods would win because his children were watching.

“In that moment that he won, and I won, what was the most special for me, and it’s why I placed the bet in the first place, was just seeing him share that victory with his kids,” said Adducci, 39. “To me, he is a real guy with superhuman golf abilities, and in that moment, he had something with his kids that he’s never had before.”

Woods rallied to win the Masters for the fifth time before a delirious audience at Augusta National. It had been 14 years since he last won the Masters and 11 years since his last victory in a major.

Adducci does not have children, but golf is special for him and his father, who advised him against placing the bet. He described the experience of watching the tournament as a “roller coaster.”

Adducci said he traveled to Las Vegas last Tuesday specifically to place the bet without even knowing the odds he would get at the sportsbooks because operators are not allowed to give information over the phone. The day trader said he cashed out a losing investment and used the money for the bet.

He said he was rejected by two other sportsbooks before William Hill accepted it.

“I didn’t know, really, that this was a lot to bet on golf,” he said. “When I said how much I was looking to bet, it just kind of was laughable. I didn’t know what was happening.”

Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, authorized the bet after getting a call from the sportsbook.

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