Syracuse fan could net $100,000 with big March Madness bet

Jay Kornegay, head of the sports book at Westgate, said he doesn’t recall ever having a 1,000 to 1 bet pay off. And he doesn’t seem worried about having to pay this one off, pointing out that Syracuse has “two very tough games ahead of them.”

There are three other bets on Syracuse at the same 1,000-to-1 odds, but together they only total $35. At the time it wasn’t even certain Syracuse would be invited to play in the tournament, so placing the bet took an awful lot of faith.

One gambler at the Westgate SuperBook placed a $100 bet on Syracuse back on Jan.

Nevada in the only state where sports betting is legal. 10 seed to advance to the Final Four in more than 30 years.

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If Syracuse continues its string of upsets and wins the championship, that bettor in Vegas will take home $100,100.

CNNMoney (New York) First published March 28, 2016: 4:51 PM ET

. That means those three fans will split $35,035 if Syracuse wins. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is one of the most popular betting events in the U.S. And the team won its first four games, making it the first No.

But Syracuse did get a last-minute invite to March Madness.

That’s more than consumers spend on Mega Millions and Powerball tickets combined in an entire year. A total of $9.2 billion is expected wagered on NCAA brackets this year, according to the American Gaming Association. 13, when the Las Vegas casino offered 1,000-to-1 odds against the Orange winning the tournament