'Mattress Mack' Wins $2.75M After Wagering $3.46M on Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorFebruary 8, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White makes an interception against Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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James Franklin McIngvale, a Houston-based businessman better known as "Mattress Mack," won $2.75 million off a $3.46 million bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at DraftKings Sportsbook after the Bucs won Super Bowl 55 by a 31-9 score over the Kansas City Chiefs (h/t Mark Berman of Fox 26):

Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26

Jim McIngvale (@MattressMack) from @GFToday bet $3.436 million on Tampa Bay winning the Super Bowl and they did. Mack wins $2.75 million: “I think it’s great. Obviously Tampa Bay played terrific. The happiest thing for me is so many...” https://t.co/egeAp6iLqS

"I think it’s great. Obviously Tampa Bay played terrific. The happiest thing for me is so many customers were thrilled watching that game with their families. They're getting a free mattress, and they made the right choice buying from us during the promotion. Our customers believe in us and put their faith and trust in us. it doesn't get much better than that. It's a very happy night for me."

There is a catch to Mattress Mack's massive bet, as it's part of a promotion for his furniture store business, which Adam Levitan of Establish the Run explained:

Adam Levitan @adamlevitan

Mattress Mack a nosebleed stakes marketer. 1. Run promotion at his store. In this case, spend $3K+ & get your money back if Bucs win. 2. Make massive "bet" & make it VERY public, generating ton of free publicity for store. 3. In reality it's a mere hedge. 4. Print & repeat. https://t.co/iMKI314T2u

The philanthropic McIngvale received praise for his winnings, with John McClain of the Houston Chronicle expressing happiness at the win:

John McClain @McClain_on_NFL

Jim McIngvale, known in Houston as Mattress Mack for decades, bet $3.46 million on the Bucs. Knowing him and his philanthropic endeavors, he’ll probably find a way to give most of it away. Good for him!

McIngvale, who has been known to make multimillion-dollar championship bets with varying results, is the owner and operator of the Gallery Furniture retail chain. 


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