New York Giants fan Jona Rechnitz was so convinced that his Giants would start out Super Bowl XVLI with a safety against the New England Patriots that he bet $1,000 on the unlikely play, a bet that netted him 50 to 1 payout odds.
If you’re keeping score at home that means he won $50,000 plus his initial $1000 when that exact play was the first scoring drive of Super Bowl XLVI.
The safety came after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady intentionally grounded the ball in his teams own endzone, a safety infraction that paid Jona $50,000.
If the story ended there it would be a nice payday for Jona however he’s already a successful real estate company owner in New York and now he has said the winnings he earned will go to various charities, including $5,000 for Brady’s charities of choice and $5,000 to the charities of choice for the Giants defensive linemen who forced the safety.
Jona also says he would love to take Tom Brady out to an all-expenses played dinner.
After taxes the remaining sum of winnings will be donated to charities that help the less fortunate in the United States.
The gambler says he doesn’t put a lot of money down on the table, in fact he only makes one football bet each year and it’s always on the Super Bowl.
In the end the Super Bowl’s first starting drive safety of all-time has paid off well for people in need, even if Tom Brady is probably still kicking himself over his teams second Super Bowl loss to Eli Manning and the New York Giants in just four years.