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Fan 'going nuts' as he wins B.C.’s largest Sports Action prize

And it took a big upset to do it
BLANCHARD, Garry, TOTO, $77,316
Garry Blanchard won $77,000 betting on football.

Sports fans who are passionate always lose it a little while watching a game.

But Garry Blanchard had an even bigger reason to freak out while watching a recent NFL game.

The Hope resident won the largest individual prize this NFL season playing Sports Action’s Toto.

Blanchard’s win of $77,316.59 came on Week 17 of the NFL season: With the contending Kansas City Chiefs resting their best players against the hapless Los Angeles Charges, Blanchard decided to go with his gut and bet on the Chargers to win.

“I was sweating and going nuts,” said Blanchard, in a news release. “I knew I had the morning games all correct so I was really sweating those afternoon games.”

After the Chargers pulled off the upset win against the Chiefs, Blanchard knew he was en route to having all 13 games correct. The next question for him was how much he had won?

“I was thinking maybe I had won $4,000 to $5,000,” says Blanchard. “My wife came running into the room screaming that I was the only one who had got all 13 games correct, so when I saw that I was in disbelief.”

On how it feels to be the winner of the largest Sports Action prize this NFL season, Blanchard says it feels “really good” and he’s planning on giving back some of the winnings to his family.

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