Cubs fan wagers $200K in life savings on team winning World Series
UPDATE: The ticket has been “altered and is illegitimate,” according to ESPN’s David Payne Purdum, per Eye on Baseball.
Before the 2016 MLB season started, the Chicago Cubs were tabbed as one the favorites to win the World Series this fall. A torrid 24-6 start where at times the team appears unbeatable certainly has bolstered the belief that the Cubs are the team to beat in Major League Baseball.
The Cubs’ ascension to MLB darlings apparently has inspired one fan to lay it all on the line by wagering 94 percent of his life savings on the team winning the World Series, a sum that amounted to a staggering $200,000.
Don Majewski, a resident of Chicago and obvious Cubs backer, flew to Las Vegas last week to lay down a whopper of a wager, per a report from Net One Sports, via Eye on Baseball.
“I waited overnight before buying the ticket because I promised my wife I’d sleep on it,” says the 54-year-old sanitation worker turned carpenter. “I’ve been watching the Cubs my whole life, and when you’ve been doing that, you know that this team is truly special,” says Majewski.
“I know it seems crazy, but what am I risking, really?” asks the 54-year-old Majewski. “I could save for six more years, and maybe I’d have, what, a quarter million to live on for the rest of my life? And that’s if the market doesn’t tank again.”
As noted in the report, should the Cubs win it all on a 3-1 payout, Majewski stands to net a gain of $532,000 after paying out $68,000 in taxes.
Asked if he has any regrets over the wager, Majewski did admit to one.
“What kills me is that I didn’t do this sooner, back in April, or before the season started,” he said. “I could have gotten six to one or better back then.”
Majewski did note that his wife’s retirement funds are more than enough for the couple to live on should the Cubs fail to win it all.
“You only get so many chances in your life to do something big,” Majewski said. “My whole life I’ve been watching the Cubs, saying — Just give me one, just one. If I didn’t go for it now, I’d just regret it for the rest of my life.”
(betting ticket image via Net One Sports)