“Of course, he didn’t believe me.”
Polia said she has loved sports her entire life — a Celtics logo tattoo on her hip is a testament to her love of Boston, which she left because she got sick of the winters.
Her dream, she says, is to make Vegas a pit stop on the way to owning a beach house in California.
The final game of the parlay was on Monday night, where she had the Lions as a three-point underdog. Even though she was getting higher odds for picking against the spread, she said she spent time just picking who she thought was going to win the game instead.
One of the biggest long shots in betting history will be cashed on Wednesday afternoon when Tayla Polia gets paid $100,005 for her $5, 15-leg NFL parlay that came through this week.
The closest game she had was the Steelers, who were six-point favorites on the card, beating the Broncos by a touchdown after spotting Denver a 17-point lead. They scored 61.
Polia then called up William Hill and the person on the other line informed her that she was picking against the spread. “So I thought it was strange when I looked at it [Tuesday] morning and saw that I won.”
Thanks to one of the most improbable betting stories, that might happen sooner rather than later.
Polia said, upon hearing the news, she fell to the floor of the law firm where she works in disbelief and, minutes later, said she was going out to lunch.
“I somehow drove back home to tell my boyfriend in person,” Polia said. Not only did Polia’s payout come through, but a 15-game parlay where bettors just have to pick the winners also hit. Her card had the Cardinals and Bengals as four-point favorites, and they won by 23 and 10, respectively.
“On Sunday morning, my boyfriend and I were sitting on the couch talking about how spreads worked,” Polia said. Polia had the Giants as a five-point underdog.
The Chargers, as a two-point favorite, beat the Dolphins by 16. Polia also was required to pick the over or under on that game. She had the Falcons as a three-point underdog, and the Texans and Redskins as one-point underdogs; they won and covered.
An hour later, Polia, with $20 in her account, risked $5 on the parlay. The Chiefs, as an eight-point favorite, crushed the Ravens by 20.
The 26-year-old Polia, who had just moved to Las Vegas two months ago, got 20,000-to-1 odds on the parlay card on betting firm William Hill’s mobile site. They beat the Saints, 35-27.
For William Hill sports book director Nick Bogdanovich, this weekend wasn’t a good one, to say the least. She bet that both teams would score more than 45 points. She cashed in by being on the right side of the point spread in 14 games and correctly picking the over in the Steelers/ Broncos game.
The against-all-odds story gets better: Polia said this is only the second bet she has placed in her life.
“I remembered that I picked the Giants and they lost,” Polia said. The Patriots and Seahawks were 14-point favorites and they both won by 17. William Hill paid out a couple times in Delaware, where betting on the cards is permitted.. “He was frustrated since I wasn’t getting it right away.”
Bogdanovich said the $5 15-team parlay card for $100,000 has hit before. The Packers won by 10 as a three-point favorite. The Panthers beat the Giants by three. A progressive pot of $170,782 was split by 17 people.
Aside from the Giants as five-point underdogs, Polia’s card had the Vikings as a five-point favorite, and they won by 21