Football fan misses $100K Sports Lottery Parley win by one game

Dover, DE – Just two weeks into the official start of this year’s football season, one area football fan has already come close to winning the Delaware Sports Lottery’s $100,000 Parlay Card, says Delaware Lottery Director Vernon Kirk.

Over 4,500 of the $5 parlay cards were played throughout the state prior to the Week 2 NFL games. As of Sunday evening one lucky player had picked 14 out of 15 games correctly against the point spread, leaving $100,000 at stake in last night’s Indianapolis Colts versus Philadelphia Eagles game.

To win the parlay the Colts had to beat the Eagles by more than three points. Unfortunately, we now know that didn’t happen.

“It definitely looked like Delaware had a winner when the Colts were up by 14 midway through the third quarter,” says Kirk. “Then to have the Eagles rally like that – and to win in the last three seconds of the game – it was agonizing to watch when you knew one player was so close to such a big payout.”

The odds of winning the Delaware Sports Lottery’s $100,000 Parlay Card are roughly 32,000 to one; however, each year Delaware has several players come close. In 2011, a 34-year-old football fan from Camden, NJ, won after the Eagles beat the Washington Redskins at the same time the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Houston Texans.

“The $100,000 card is very popular with our Sports Lottery players,” said Delaware Secretary of Finance Tom Cook. “For $5 it’s fun for sports fans to see how close they can get to winning 15 of 15 games. But with so many people only a game or two away so often, we’re pretty sure someone is going to win the $100,000 again soon. It’s just a matter of who and when.”


Angela Moffett-Batty
Community Relations Coordinator
Delaware Department of Finance

Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Raids Wilmington Business Involved in Illegal Gambling

A 56-year-old Pennsylvania man accused of running an illegal gambling operation at a Wilmington establishment was arrested following an undercover investigation.

The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) launched its investigation after receiving a complaint of illegal gambling at Cheney’s I on the Pike located on Newport Gap Pike. During the investigation, DATE Agents identified four electronic gambling machines that were ready for play. The undercover agents placed money into these machines and won multiple credits which were later exchanged for cash. On August 23, DATE Agents raided the business seizing the four gambling machines and $2,181 in cash.

Gary Nattress, the owner, was arrested and charged with advanced gambling 2nd degree, possession of a gambling device, and providing a premises for gambling. He was arraigned at J.P. Court #10 and released on an unsecured bond.