Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale wins $75 million as Houston Astros declare World Series title



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“Mattress Mack” had cause to have fun the Houston Astros’ World Series win on Saturday – and never simply because he’s an Astros superfan.

Houston furnishings retailer proprietor Jim McIngvale, often called “Mattress Mack,” made a collection of bets amounting to $10 million on the Astros to win the World Series.

And when his group gained the franchise’s second World Series title with a 4-2 victory in opposition to the Philadelphia Phillies, McIngvale took house $75 million – extensively reported to be the most important payout within the historical past of sports activities betting.

“This last week has been especially… beyond words,” McIngvale mentioned in a statement on social media, the place he additionally posted a photo of himself with a suitcase full of money.

McIngvale instructed CNN final 12 months that he made the large wagers on a possible World Series title for the Astros to cowl one other gamble of types: clients who purchased sure mattresses costing $3,000 or extra will get their a refund if the Astros win.

He instructed FOX 26 on Saturday that the $75 million will principally be paid out to clients as a part of the Gallery Furnishings chain’s promotion.

“The Astros did all the work, all I did was bet the money,” McIngvale mentioned.

The 71-year-old is known for the large bets he has positioned on sports activities video games over time – together with a $3.35 million stake positioned in June 2021 on the Astros profitable final 12 months’s World Series – and was filmed celebrating wildly throughout his group’s championship-winning recreation at Minute Maid Park.

Within the Houston neighborhood, McIngvale is well-known in for his charitable work, turning his shops into shelters to assist individuals displaced by extreme climate occasions, reminiscent of Hurricane Harvey.

“I’m so proud to be part of this city and will ALWAYS stand up for what’s right … [and] will always do my best to act QUICKLY and on the side of the people,” he added in his assertion.

McIngvale additionally threw out the primary pitch forward of Saturday’s recreation, which he described as “an honor.”

The Astros’ 4-1 win in opposition to the Phillies was the primary time since 2013 {that a} group has claimed the World Series title at its house area.

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