Being a pigskin addict will pay a lot of bills for a Gloucester man.
Paolo Maiorino, 41, has scored $441,940 after correctly wagering on 15 games in Pro Picks Pools.
“A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I feel incredible,” Maiorino said in a statement.
He found out he won by using the Proline app on his smartphone.
“It feels great to be a winner,” he said.
Maiorino’s wife of 10 years apparently didn’t believe him until he validated the ticket at a retailer.
Maiorino works as an information officer and plans to use the money to pay off debt, finance his kids’ education, and enjoy the holidays.
The winning ticket was purchased at Petro Canada on Bank St. in Gloucester. Maiorino went to the OLG prize centre in Toronto one week before Christmas.
If there are no discrepancies or conflicts, “you usually get your money on the same day,” said OLG spokeswoman Sarah Kiriliuk.
The NFL games were played Dec. 2 and 3. Players choose whether the home or visiting teams will win. If they can’t decide, they can pay extra to ‘box’ out a maximum of four games.
That’s what Maiorino did and “the other 11 he got correct,” said Kiriliuk.